February 12, 2010

Women's Basketball Defeats St. Francis (NY), 72-55

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team ended a seven-game losing streak with a 17-point win, 72-55, against St. Francis (NY) Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats' win improves their Northeast Conference record to 5-8 and overall mark to 10-14. The Terriers remain winless in NEC play with a 0-13 record and are 1-23 overall this season.

Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Kaminski, the NEC leader in free-throw shooting, also connected on 7-of-8 from the line in the game.

Quinnipiac built its halftime lead to 11 points, 36-25, on the strength of 13 second-chance points, while St. Francis did not register any in the first. The Bobcats were able to outscore the Terriers with 12 more boards in the first 20 minutes of play, 22-10, including 8-2 on the offensive end.

The Bobcats maintained control in the second half, pushing its lead to as many as 24 early on in the period. Quinnipiac began the second on an 11-0 run that all but sealed the team's first win since mid January, 72-55.

Joining Kaminski and Dunbar in double figures was junior forward Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.). Pratt scored 10 points and added five rebounds, while three players scored eight in the game for the Bobcats. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.), Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) each scored eight points with Simmons coming off the bench. Neyens also added six rebounds in the game, leaving her with 499 in her career heading into Senior Day on Saturday against Long Island at noon.

Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had a game-high five assists for the Bobcats with Kaminski one behind with four in the win.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Terriers by their widest margin of the season. Quinnipiac pulled down 45 boards in the game, while holding St. Francis to just 23 in 40 minutes of action. The Bobcats outshot the Terriers in the game as well, connecting on 47.5 percent (28-59) from the floor to 38 percent (19-50) for St. Francis. The Terriers attempted 35 three-point field goals in the game, hitting nine, while Quinnipiac was 3-for-11 from long range.

Terrier forward Autumn Lau was the team's top player, scoring a game-high 18 points. St. Francis also got double-digit scoring from guard Kim Snauwaert who dropped in 11 in the team's 16th straight loss.

Quinnipiac will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. when they host Long Island. The Bobcats and Blackbirds will tip off from Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to the game, Quinnipiac will honor five members of the program during Senior Day ceremonies.