Hamden made it drizzle, Iona made it rain
By Kevin Lo
March 19, 2008
HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats fell to Iona 71-59 in their first ever postseason appearance for the Quinnipiac women’s basketball program at the Division I level in tonight’s first round NIT game.
The Bobcats struggled to find their rhythm early and trailed at the half 43-30. They never had the opportunity to get close as Iona’s superior post play was able to stretch the lead.
Iona outscored the Bobcats 36-26 in the paint and out rebounded the Bobcats 46-31. Anna McLean led Iona in both scoring and in rebounds with 24 points and 18 boards.
Iona also shot well from the perimeter as they hit 9-19 of their 3 point attempts.
The Bobcats caught a tough break with 12 minutes to go in the second half when Erin Kerner went down with an injury to her left leg. She returned to the game minutes later but this time injured her right leg and was forced to sit out for good.
During this span Quinnipiac was able to cut it to 10 but it would not be enough. The Bobcats actually outscored Iona in the second 29-28 but the huge deficit they faced from the first half would make a comeback improbable.
The Bobcats struggled to keep it close throughout the first half. Both teams came out in a full court press and kept the defensive pressure high for the first few minutes of the game.
QU had a tough time finding a rhythm offensively early on. They seemed to do their best work on the break and at the line. Catherine Lutz went on a tear late in the first half and stopped a potentially huge Quinnipiac run. She poured in 4 straight threes from the 3 point line and helped stretch the Iona lead to 12.
Mandy Pennewell led the team with 15 points and Brianna Rooney chipped in 13 points and 3 steals.