Monthly Archives: December 2008

Feldeine named NEC Player of the Week

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By Jeremy Schilling

Quinnipiac junior guard James Feldeine was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. This is the first time Feldeine has received this honor in his career at Quinnipiac.  Feldeine recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career in Saturday’s victory over Wagner.  He scored 19 points and recorded 10 rebounds.

For the season, the leading scorer on the Bobcats (5-3, 2-0 NEC) is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, both ranking in the top 10 in the conference. In addition, he is shooting just over 46 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line, both good for top 15 rankings in the conference.

The Bobcats return to action when on Wednesday, when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on the Dartmouth Big Green.  The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Official update on new sports director

To all of the loyal viewers of this amazing site,

As now former Co-Sports Director I wanted to give all of you an update and reasoning for why I will no longer be working aside Mike Radomski in the spring.  This past weekend I attended the Baseball Winter Meetings in search of a broadcasting job.  Tuesday the 9th I was offered to be the Daytona Cubs number 2 radio broadcaster.  As difficult a decision as it was, it was one I could not turn down.  So in January I will be heading down to Daytona Beach working for this great organization.

I wanted to thank all of you for the support you have shown WQAQ and this great website.  Andrew Fletcher has done an amazing job revamping this site to be one of the best in the country.  While I will not be at Quinnipiac in the spring I will be returning in the fall and whatever role I have then I will still be an avid member of this great organization.

For those people who do not attend Quinnipiac and do not know yet, Jamie Palatini will be filling in my spot as C0-sports director.  Jamie has been a stellar member of the department for the last three years and everyone has full faith he will only take the department to a new level.

So thanks again and keep on checking the site as our excellent writers continue to update you on the world of Quinnipiac sports.

Sincerely,

Mike Silverman

Bobcats grind out victory over Monmouth, win first conference game

By Robert Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn.)—The  Bobcats capped off their four-game home-stand with their fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon in their first conference game of the year.  The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team defeated Monmouth University 57-52 behind senior Erin Kerner’s 14 points, while junior Krystal Lazos added 10.  Clutch defense down the stretch and a 16-for-18 showing from the free throw line helped the Bobcats fend off the Hawks.

Monmouth took control of the game early.  The Bobcats had no answer for Jennifer Bender (15 points, 10 rebounds) in the first half as she was able to get to the basket at will, and she and teammate Lakia Barber (13 points, 7 rebounds) controlled the boards.  QU started ice cold from the field and didn’t score until senior Brianna Rooney (7 points, 9 rebounds) hit a pair of free throws over three minutes in.  They didn’t have a field goal until Rooney made a breakaway layup a little less than five minutes in.

The Bobcats began to show more patience offensively and got better shots, and as a result were able to work their way into the lead.  Made baskets allowed QU to set up their full-court and half-court presses, which contributed to 15 Monmouth turnovers on
the afternoon and nine steals.  Quinnipiac led at the half, 32-29.

The second half was a grinder just like the first.  QU was able to contain Bender, and she could only match her 13 first half points with two in the second.   Nevertheless, Monmouth stayed in the game with hard work on the offensive glass, as they had 15 offensive rebounds on the day.  Barber picked up where Bender left off, with 11 points and five rebounds after the break.

Just when it seemed like Monmouth would take the lead, QU had an answer.  Lazos and freshman Jacinda Dunbar contributed a pair of timely 3-point plays, and the Bobcat defense continued to plague the Hawks and led to turnovers and steals.

With 27 seconds left to play and trailing by three, the Hawks had one last chance.  Marisa Jimenez hoisted up a contested three point shot that fell short, and Lazos grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 2.7 seconds left on the clock.  She hit both free throws, and the Bobcats prevailed 57-52.

Quinnipiac moves to 7-1 (1-0 NEC) and Monmouth falls to 4-3 (0-1 NEC).  The Bobcats now begin a month-long road trip and don’t return to the TD Banknorth Sports Center until Jan. 10.  Their next game is at Wagner on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.

Click here to view the box score from this game.

Bobcats soar over Hawks

By Kevin Lo

(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Despite early struggles on the defensive end, the Bobcats men’s basketball team blew out the Monmouth Hawks 65-51 for their first Northeast Conference win, improving to 4-3 on the year.

Justin Rutty and James Johnson both recorded double-doubles. Rutty finished with 20 points and 10 boards while Johnson just missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

The Hawks relied on their outside shooting early on but failed to play as well in the post. They were outrebounded down 49-22 and only scored 18 points in the paint compared to Quinnipiac’s 28.

The two teams continued to exchange baskets back and forth in the opening minutes of the second half, leaving the score at a 40-40 tie with close to 13 minutes remaining.

After numerous lead changes, the Bobcats proceeded to go on a 16-5 run to take a 56-45 lead with less than six minutes to play. James Feldeine contributed nine points during the stretch while Rutty’s presence down low caused a problem for Monmouth’s offense. Feldeine finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Bobcats smartly switched to man-to-man defense with around 10 minutes to play in the first half. Good shooting and a new defensive scheme allowed them to take the lead 24-23 with close to four minutes to go in the first.

Steve Robinson’s 3–pointer at the end of the half gave them the lead 31-30 after being down by as many as 12 in the first half.

Monmouth was able to take advantage of some poor Quinnipiac zone defense early and led 16-4 in the first six minutes. Yaniv Simpson’s hot hand from behind the arc led the way with 11 points during this stretch, but he was unable keep it up in the second half.

Quinnipiac will travel to Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 13 for a Northeast Conference game against the Seahawks of Wagner College at 7 p.m. at the Spiro Sports Center.

One day, three games on sports stream

By Andrew Fletcher

Today is a big day for Quinnipiac athletics, and WQAQ Sports will have you covered.

Starting at noon, three games will be broadcast on our sports stream.

Women’s basketball will kick things off against Monmouth, with Andrew Gabel and Andrew Gau calling the action.  Immediately following that, the men’s team will also face Monmouth.  Michael Feldstein and Alex Birsh will have that game.  Then, we move to the other side of the arena at 4 p.m., with Jamie Palatini and Ted Sellers calling the women’s ice hockey game against Union.

Hockey doubleheader today on sports stream

By Andrew Fletcher

The women’s and men’s hockey teams are in action today at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

At 3 p.m., Jamie Palatini and Aaron Tanguay will call the women’s game against RPI.  At 7:30 p.m., Brett Gross and Justin Cohen will have the men’s game against Providence.

Both games will be live on the sports stream at their respective times.

If you can make it to the Bank this evening, the Stanley Cup will be on display from 5-7 for photo opportunities.

Bobcats clip Hawks for third straight win

By Robert Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn.)—Five players scored in double digits for the Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s basketball team Wednesday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, helping them down Hartford University, 73-61.  The balanced attack was led by senior Mandy Pennewell who scored 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from three-point land. Senior Brianna Rooney threw in 12 points, while Erin Kerner, Kathleen Neyens and Felicia Barron all contributed 11 points of their own.

Efficiency from the free throw line and the three-point line was the key to the Bobcats victory.  They shot 20-of-26 from the charity stripe (76.9 percent) as a team, with Rooney leading the way going 7-for-8.  Pennewell led QU from long distance (3-for-5) as they shot 7-for13 collectively (53.8 percent).

Quinnipiac improves to 3-0 on their current homestand and to 6-1 overall, as Hartford drops to 4-4.  The Bobcats will look to finish off a sweep of their four-game homestand on Saturday when they will face Monmouth University in their first conference game at noon.