Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-5) vs.
University of Maine Black Bears (2-5)
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD Bank Sports Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team plays host to the Maine Black Bears Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and Black Bears will tip off from Lender Court at noon just two days after one of the most exciting games in Quinnipiac's program history. In the team's last game, the Bobcats came up just one point shy of upsetting No. 17 Vanderbilt, 75-74, Thursday night. The loss dropped Quinnipiac's record to 2-5 this season and 1-2 on its home floor.
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine comes to Quinnipiac also sporting a 2-5 overall record. The team began the season with a win over Northeast Conference opponent Central Connecticut, 61-58. In the last two games, the Black Bears have seen both sides of a loss. In the most recent game, the team lost to Delaware by two, 52-50, following a 56-point blowout at the hands of West Virginia, 88-32. Samantha Wheeler is the only player on the team averaging double-digit scoring this season, posting an average of 10.7 per game. Amanda Tewksbury is second on the team in scoring, but first in rebounding with an average of 7.4 boards per contest.
Saturday's game can be heard on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN web stream. Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play, while Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will add color. The game will also be broadcast by WQAQ. Fans can follow the action on the Bobcat Channel's live video feed as well as using live stats provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. All can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
A three-point field goal by redshirt senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) left the Bobcats one-point shy of sending the game to overtime against No. 17 Vanderbilt. After Quinnipiac pushed the ball up court, Neyens received the pass at the right point and put a shot off glass with a defender making contact as time expired allowing the Commodores to hold on for the one-point win, 75-74.
Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) finished with her first double-double of the season Thursday night against Vanderbilt. Kaminski scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 12 boards in the loss. Prior to Thursday, her previous career high had been 10 rebounds, which she has recorded on four occasions.
Redshirt freshman Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) recorded new career highs in both rebounds and assists in the loss to the Commodores. Barron dished out a career-best seven assists, while also pulling down seven boards in the game. In both cases, the seven assists and rebounds were one more than her previous highs.
Second to None
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) was second on the team in scoring with 14 points Thursday night. She shot just under her average of .511 from the floor coming into the game, finishing the game 5-of-11 from the field.
Four of the five Quinnipiac starters finished in double-digit scoring against Vanderbilt. Neyens led with 15 points, while Dunbar added 14 and Kaminski (12) and Barron (13) each reached the double-figure plateau. Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) was the only player not to reach the mark, fouling out in the early minutes of the second half.
Mann may not have scored a point, but her presence was felt on the defensive end of the court. Mann sent back three Vanderbilt shots in the game. Her season-high three blocks helped Quinnipiac build and maintain a large lead in the first half heading into halftime.
Quinnipiac's bench was outscored, 28-20, by the Commodores. The Bobcats' reserves shot 6-of-9 from the floor in the game, including hitting 4-of-5 from long range. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) and Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) each connected on all their threes in the game. Jann hit on her only attempt from long range, while Lebak was 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) was 1-of-2 from three on her way to seven points in the game.