Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-6, 1-0 NEC) vs.
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers (4-8, 0-2 NEC)
January 7, 2010 - 5 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD Bank Sports Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team plays its first Northeast Conference home game against Mount St. Mary's on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m., at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are coming off their first conference win of the season with a six-point victory, 60-54, at Monmouth on Jan. 2. Quinnipiac is just one of four teams without a loss in the NEC this season, while The Mount is one of four teams without a win in conference play this season at 0-2.
Thursday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Bill Schweizer will provide play-by-play, while Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will add color analysis. The game can also be seen live on the Bobcat Channel's live video feed as well as live stats provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. All can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Scouting the Mount
Mount St. Mary's comes to Hamden sporting an 0-2 NEC mark and are 4-8 overall. The Mountaineers have lost both their conference games in western Pennsylvania at Saint Francis, 68-51, and Robert Morris, 82-52. Cassie Cooke and Mary Dunn are the only two players from The Mount averaging double figures in scoring this season. Cooke is averaging 11.7 ppg, while Dunn is one point back at 10.7 per contest. Dunn is also the team's leading rebounder, averaging 7.3 boards per game. Cooke's 24 points in a 57-47 loss at Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve was a season high for the Mountaineers.
Happened Last Time?
The Bobcats opened league play with a six-point win, 60-54, Saturday afternoon at Monmouth's Multipurpose Activity Center. The Bobcats won the first NEC game played at the new building as sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) christened the arena with her third double-double of the season and second in as many games. Dunbar pulled down 11 boards and had a game-high 14 points in the conference win.
Dishing Out A Career Best
Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) is beginning to fit into the Bobcats' starting lineup with ease. The first-year player dished out a career-best seven assists in the win in West Long Branch, N.J., Saturday afternoon. After recording five assists in three of the last four games, Lebak turned it up and bested her previous high by two against the Hawks.
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored 10 points against the Hawks. This season, Neyens has scored 10 or more points in nine of the team's 12 games headed into the contest with Mount St. Mary's. She is currently second on the team in scoring with an 11.8 points-per-game mark.
Speaking Of Doubling Up
Junior forward Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) has also reached double-figure scoring totals in nine of 12 games this season after scoring 11 at Monmouth. With two games of 17 points, Kaminski is the team leader in scoring average at 12.3 per game this season.
of the League
The Bobcats are sitting atop the NEC's leader board in one major offensive statistical category: free-throw shooting. Quinnipiac has connected on an NEC-best 73.2 percent of its free-throws this season. Against Monmouth, the Bobcats made 23-of-25 from the line with the two misses coming late in the second half. Kaminski is the league leader in free-throw percentage at 94.9, having missed just two (37-39) all season.
in the Game
Despite allowing opponents to score a league-worst 70.3 point per game this season, the Bobcats boast the best defensive field-goal percentage. Quinnipiac is holding opponents to a league-low 35.9 percent (275-767) from the floor in 2009-10.
Quinnipiac is the best rebounding team in the NEC, pulling down 42.8 boards per game this season. In 12 games this season, the Bobcats have 514 rebounds, tops in the league and two more than Bryant. Quinnipiac's rebounds are primarily coming from the defensive end of the floor as it leads the conference with 348 (29 per game) defensive boards.
Good? Send It Back!
Sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) is the NEC leader in blocked shots this season. Tied with Siamone Bennett of Bryant, Mann has turned back 18 shots during the course of the year. In each of the last two games, Mann has sent back three shots after matching her career high of three against Miami on Dec. 28.