By Robert Schilling
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Three straight home games, three consecutive losses. That’s been the story for the QU women’s basketball team, as they were victims of their own poor shooting in a 70-64 loss to Mount St. Mary’s Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
The Bobcats shot just 32.9 percent from the field, while the Mount connected on 44.2 percent of their shots, including 9-of-20 from 3-point range.
Erin Kerner led the Bobcats (12-8, 6-5 NEC) with 16 points, but did so on 5-of-21 shooting. Mandy Pennewell added 15 points of her own, while Kathleen Neyens contributed 12.
For Mount St. Mary’s (9-12, 4-7 NEC), Brianna Gauthier scored a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and Leah Westbrooks controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.
After the Mount had cemented a 15-point halftime lead from a combination of their hot shooting with QU’s cold, the Bobcats began to chip away in the second, beginning with a 10-0 run to start the half. The Bobcats implemented a full court press that led to 20 MSM turnovers on the night and let QU right back into the thick of things.
Sarah McGowan dove out of bounds and into press row to save the ball to a teammate with 14:40 to play, and that seemed like it would be a turning point. Quinnipiac would get the score as close as three, but just couldn’t get over the hump. Down the stretch, it was a matter of knocking down free throws, which the Mount did, and the Bobcats were victims of another similar result.
Quinnipiac will attempt to turn things around on Saturday when they play host to Bryant at noon.
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