By Robert Schilling
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Just 17 points on 24.1 percent shooting from the field was too much for the Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s basketball team to overcome Saturday afternoon. Long Island University escaped the TD Banknorth Sports Center with a 52-49 victory behind 38 points scored in the paint.
LIU forward Chelsi Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, but it was her missed shot with 21 seconds left in the game that gave the Bobcats a chance to take the lead, trailing 50-49.
QU senior guard Mandy Pennewell was able to dribble penetrate into the paint, but missed a contested runner with five seconds left. LIU guard Connie James sealed the game with two free throws, and a desperation heave from half court at the buzzer fell short for Quinnipiac (12-7, 6-4 NEC).
Bobcats leading scorer Erin Kerner was held scoreless in the first half, but exploded after the break for 18 second half points to lead the team. That wasn’t enough for QU to overcome 16 turnovers and 35.7 percent shooting from the field, including just two 3-pointers.
Freshman forward Jacinda Dunbar was a bright spot for Quinnipiac, as she scored 10 points, including the first six of the game for the Bobcats. She could not avoid foul trouble though, and was limited to only 19 minutes on the afternoon.
LIU (7-13, 2-7 NEC) was able to capitalize from Dunbar’s foul problems by bruising the Bobcats in the paint on offense. Aside from eight free throws and two made 3-pointers, all of the Blackbirds points were from inside the key.
Quinnipiac drops to fourth in the NEC, and will look to rebound at home on Monday against Mount St. Mary’s. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Click here to view the boxscore from this game.