West Long Branch, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opened its 2009-10 Northeast Conference schedule with a 60-54 win at Monmouth's Multipurpose Activity Center Saturday afternoon. The win evens the Bobcats' overall season record at 6-6, while moving to 1-0 in NEC play. Monmouth, the team that knocked Quinnipiac from the 2009 NEC Tournament, falls to 0-1 in league play and 5-7 overall with the six-point loss.
"This was a great win for us to start a new year," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "We haven't had too many successful trips down here, so to get this win was great for us. It may not have looked pretty at times, but I'm happy with the result."
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded her second double-double in as many games and her third of the season. The second-year Bobcat scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win. In a game that saw her team shoot 92 percent (23-25) from the free-throw line, Dunbar led the way finishing 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
Taking a two-point lead into halftime, 26-24, the Bobcats were led by junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and her nine points after 20 minutes of play. Kaminski would add two more points in the second half to finish with 11 in the game. Joining Dunbar and Kaminski in double figures was senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.). The fifth-year Bobcat posted 10 points in the win, while pulling down five boards.
In the second half, Quinnipiac held Monmouth to just 25 percent (9-36) from the floor, while shooting 40 percent (8-20). Both team exchanged baskets throughout the second period with the Bobcats relying on excellent free-throw shooting down the stretch, missing just two in the game.
After taking the lead in the final seconds of the first half, Quinnipiac controlled much of the second, only allowing Monmouth to tie the game once in the final period of play. The Hawks pulled even at 44-44 with 6:36 remaining in the game before a Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) jumper in the paint gave Quinnipiac the lead for good. The Bobcats built the lead to as much as nine in the final minute before a buzzer-beating three-point field goal by Monmouth's Gabby Singer made it 60-54 at the end regulation.
Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) posted a career high in assists with seven in her first collegiate game in her home state. Lebak also added nine points in her second start of the season. Freshman Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) came off the bench to add a career-high four assists and matched her career-high with one block in the contest.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 7 against Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats and Mountaineers are set to tip-off from the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.