Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-15, 5-9 NEC) vs.
Saint Francis University Red Flash (10-14, 7-7 NEC)
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
Loretto, Pa. - DeGol Arena
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball begins its annual western Pennsylvania road trip against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday afternoon in Loretto, Pa. The Bobcats and Red Flash will meet at DeGol Arena at 5 p.m. in a Northeast Conference matchup with the postseason just two weeks away. Quinnipiac is currently in the final playoff spot with a 5-9 league mark, while Saint Francis' 7-7 NEC record has it in sixth. The Bobcats are coming off a 12-point loss, 66-54, to Long Island on Saturday in their most recent game.
Scouting the Red Flash
Saint Francis comes into the game sporting almost the identical overall record as the Bobcats as it has a 10-14 record to Quinnipiac's 10-15 mark. The Red Flash have a two-game lead over the Bobcats entering the game at 7-7 in league play. After back-to-back losses to Robert Morris and an 89-76 loss at Bryant, Saint Francis got back to its winning ways with a 19-point win, 64-45, Saturday afternoon against Central Connecticut. Brittany Hodges leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 16.5 points per game. Quinessa Johnson is the team leader in rebounding this season. She is pulling down 6.3 per game, 1.6 more than any other member of the team.
Thursday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Greg Ott will provide play-by-play, while Pat Salvas will add color analysis. Fans can also follow the action using live stats. Both can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Team, Back Again
The combination of Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored 31 of the Bobcats' 54 points on Saturday. Kaminski led the way with a team-high 16 points, while Dunbar dropped in 15 in the loss. This season, the duo has led the team in scoring in 17 of 25 games, including in each of the last 13.
Right On The Head
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) needed just one rebound entering Saturday's game with the Blackbirds to reach 500 in her career. She grabbed the board in the opening minutes of the game, but did not grab another, tying her season-low with the one rebound in the game.
The Bobcats had 11 points off the bench against LIU. Junior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) scored eight of the 11, while also adding six rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Pratt finished the game 4-of-6 from the field, matching her career and season high in field goals.
Dunbar bested her previous career and season high in steals against the Blackbirds. Dunbar recorded six in the game, two more than her previous high of four set against New Hampshire earlier this season. Dunbar disrupted passes and stripped LIU players down low for the team season high in steals.
Lending a Hand
Freshman guard Lisa Lebak's (Robbinsville, N.J.) five assists against LIU put her over the 100-assist mark for the season and rank her seventh in Quinnipiac's Division I single-season history. Lebak is the first freshman to record 100 or assists in a season since Erin Kerner in 2005-06. She now has two more assists (101) than she does points (99) this season.