Bobcats hang on against Central

Bobcats hang on against Central
by Kevin Lo
February 11, 2008

HAMDEN, Conn. – With 1:51 left the Central Connecticut Blue Devils managed to cut what was once a 15 point Quinnipiac lead to just 5. The Bobcats lead by 4 with a minute left until Kerrianne Dugan snuck in the paint for a put back to cut the lead to 2. Brianna Rooney was sent to the line and hit both with 18.7 left to lift Quinnipiac back to a four point lead. A last second lay-up attempt by Jhaney Harris was no good and Erin Kerner was fouled with 2.6 seconds left. After making both free throws, the final read 72-66 Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats won their fourth game in a row, 72-66, as they survived a late rally by the Central Connecticut Blue Devils.

The first half was filled with ups, downs and plenty of three pointers. The Bobcats took an early 8 point lead at the 12:40 mark but struggled to defend it. Central Connecticut continued to chip away at the lead with a barrage of threes. They got as close as 5, three times but just couldn’t seemed to pull away with the lead.

Timely three pointers kept Central Connecticut close but the Bobcats capitalized on too many turnovers. They scored 16 points on turnovers in the first half while Central Connecticut was only able to muster a mere 5 points.

Erin Kerner and Nicole Duperron complied almost half the offenses points in the first half going for 12 and 8 points. Kerner was 4-7 from downtown and Duperron was 4-4 from the field.

The start of second half began in a similar fashion. The Blue Devils continued to take stabs at the lead but could not seem to break away from the 10 point deficit. The Bobcats continued to gradually build their lead and led by 12 with 11 left in the second half.

The Bobcats worked their way up to a 15 point lead at the 9 minute mark. They led by at least 10 for most off the second half as Central Connecticut continued to struggle offensively until the 5 minute mark where they cut the deficit to single digits and made it a 2 point game at the end.

Quinnipiac dominated in the paint doubling the Blue Devils scoring output 20-10. They also capitalized on the Blue Devils turnovers scoring 22 points compared to the Blue Devils 15 off turnovers.

Quinnipiac returns to action Saturday, when they travel to Emmitsburg, Md., to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Opening tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Knott Arena.

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