HAMDEN, Conn. - The first double-double of the season for redshirt senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) helped secure a 75-59 victory for the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team against Yale Monday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Neyens finished with a team-high 16 points, a season-high 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists to help the Bobcats improve to 4-5 this season. Yale drops to 4-5 with the loss. The 16-point win also marks the 199th career victory for Head Coach Tricia Fabbri.
"This win was extremely pivotal heading into the Christmas break," said Fabbri. "We have two in a row now and I like the direction this team is headed. We're 4-5 and we won the games we should win which is important and has made me very happy to this point."
Quinnipiac built its lead to as much 10 midway through the first half, 17-7. Despite turning the ball over 16 times in the first 20 minutes of play, Yale managed to come all the way back and tie the game, 29-29, with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Two missed jumpers by both sides and the teams headed into the locker rooms deadlocked at intermission.
The Bobcats jumped out to a five-point lead to start the second half, before a three-point play by the Bulldogs' Melissa Colborne cut the deficit to just two, 38-36. Quinnipiac responded with a 14-5 run sparked by Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.). The run helped the team build the lead to 11 points, 52-41, with just over 11 minutes to play.
Thirteen second-half points by redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) put the game away for the Bobcats. Kaminski was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the game, all in the second half. She also pulled down all five of her rebounds in final period.
Lebak finished with a career-high 12 points and six assists in the win, while shooting 4-of-5 from the floor. Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) also added a career-high 12 points as the Bobcats pushed the lead to16 in the final seconds to secure the win, 75-59.
The Bobcats dominated the inside, outscoring the Bulldogs, 36-16, in the paint in the game, including 16-0 in the first half. Quinnipiac also outrebounded (43-41) Yale, while the bench accounted for 35 points to the Bulldogs' five. The Bobcats finished the game shooting 47.3 percent (26-55) to Yale's 31.3 percent (21-67) with the Bulldogs never once holding the lead in the contest.
Quinnipiac will return to action on Monday, Dec. 28 as it plays the hosts in the University of Miami Holiday Tournament. The Bobcats and Hurricanes will tip-off from Coral Cables, Fla., at 5 p.m. in the first game of the holiday tournament.