January 12, 2010

Women's Basketball Wraps Up Homestand With 71-62 Win Against FDU

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team concluded a three-game homestand with a 71-62 win against Fairleigh Dickinson Monday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The win puts the Bobcats above the .500 mark for the first time this season at 8-7 overall and 3-1 in Northeast Conference play. The Knights' loss drops them to 1-3 in league play and 5-10 overall.

"We are in midseason and we are still getting better," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "We were in control tonight and led wire-to-wire. I really liked how we played with a lead and how we were able to use offensive outbursts to build and extend that lead down the stretch.

Junior forward Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) scored a career-high nine points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, just missing a double-double. Freshmen Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) and Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) both dished out seven assists in the game. That figure was a career-high for Simmons and matches Lebak's career-best total. Lebak has recorded seven assists in each of her last three games. Simmons also added 11 points in the win, one off her career high.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 9-2 lead before the Knights fought back midway through the first half. Fairleigh Dickinson could not sustain that offensive pressure in the late stages of the period as it had just nine players dressed. Quinnipiac junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) helped put the Bobcats up by eight points, 31-23, headed into halftime. The NEC leader in free-throw percentage hit all four shots from the charity stripe in the final minutes to give her eight points at the break.

After the Knights pulled to within five points in the early stages of the second half, Quinnipiac's shooters began to put space between the teams. Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) came off the bench to score six points in the second half and nine points in the game, all from three-point range. Twelve second-half points by sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) helped Quinnipiac secure the nine-point win, 71-62.

Fairleigh Dickinson's Mariyah Laury led all scorers in the game with 17 points, while also adding a team-best six assists. Alyssa Mayrose scored 10 points for the Knights in the loss and finished with a team-high eight boards.

Quinnipiac's 22 assists in the game were a Division I program record. The Bobcats previously reached 20 assists this season on Dec. 29 against Central Michigan at the Miami Holiday Tournament. That was the first time that Quinnipiac had 20 in a game in nearly 10 years. Prior to this season, the last time the team reached the 20-assist mark was against FDU on Feb. 23, 2000.

The Bobcats return to action on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m., as they travel to New Britain, Conn., to take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils at William H. Detrick Gymnasium