In a Flash, Bobcats win

In a Flash, Bobcats win
Written by Kevin Lo
February 4, 2008

HAMDEN — The Bobcats returned home from a three game road trip with a tidy conference resume of 8-1, and an overall record of 16-3, good for first in the conference. They squared off against the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash tonight for the second and final time this season. The last time the two squared off the Bobcats won 72-61 on the Red Flash’s home floor.

Quinnipiac started the game great defensively. They pressured the Red Flash in their first possession and forced a turnover which led to a three pointer by Erin Kerner, the first basket of the game by Quinnipiac. The relentless defense continued as Quinnipaic’s backcourt pressure forced a turnover on the St. Francis’ next inbound pass resulting in a Pennewell three ball. The Bobcats shot 3-4 from the perimeter and had the hot hand early on resulting in an 11-4 lead 8 minutes into the game.

The next 8 minutes would belong to the Red Flash. They rallied back from a seven point deficit to make it 19-17 with 6:47 to go. Quinnipiac’s post defense was tormented by Whitney Robinson who scored 8 of her 10 first half points in the paint. They were also out rebounded 14-9 in this stretch allowing Red Flash to score off easy second chance opportunities.

The two teams continued to battle for the lead until there were 3 minutes left in the half. Kerner and Brianna Rooney hit back to back threes for QU to help stretch the lead to 10. The Bobcats finished the half up 31-21.

The Red Flash looked sharp coming out of the huddle as Britney Hodges stole the ball and finished with an uncontested layup at the other end. The Red Flash seemed to figure out a way to beat the back court press for the first half of the second half. The Flash faced a six point deficit until the 14:50 mark when Kerner’s tough jumper gave Quinnipiac an 8 point lead. Kaminski began to add to the lead with a pair of free throws stretching the lead to 12, at the 13 minute mark, the biggest of the night.

Both teams continued to score over the next six minutes but the lead change wouldn’t change. Rooney hit a 3, after getting knocked down hard, at the 9:50 mark to stretch the lead to 15. At the 5:34 mark Kaminski was fouled and finished an and 1 at the line stretching the lead to 13. She scored the next two straight QU offensive possessions giving them an 11 point lead with 3:18 to go. The Red Flash’s Samatha Leech hit back to back buckets to try and keep the deficit at 10. Britney Hodges fast break layups kept the Flash in the game for the last 2 minutes but they just couldn’t seem to capture the lead. Kerner sealed it with 21 seconds left with a baseline jumper from the right side leaving the final score 65-58.

Three Bobcats finished in double figures. Courtney Kaminski finished with 17 points, Erin Kerner added 15 points and Brianna Rooney scored 13. Nicole Dupperron also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Samantha Leach played well for the Red Flash with 10 points and no turnovers while Whiteny Robinson and Britney Hodges both chipped in with 16 points.

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