December 6, 2009

Women's Basketball Falls To UMass, 82-66, In Brown Bear Classic Championship Game

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell in the Championship Game of the Brown Bear Classic to Massachusetts, 82-66, Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. This is the second year in a row that UMass has won the annual tournament hosted by Brown University. The loss drops the Bobcats' record to 2-4 overall, while the Minutewomen improve to 5-4 with the weekend sweep of Brown and Quinnipiac.

"We were playing to win yesterday to get ourselves into a championship game," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "It's not just good enough to make it to these games anymore and I wish we had the answers in the second half today."

Sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) scored a team and career high with 15 points in the game. Mann finished the contest two rebounds short of a double-double as she pulled down eight in the loss. Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) each also reached double figures in scoring. Neyens finished with 13, while Kaminski added 14 in the contest with UMass.

The Bobcats held an eight-point lead late in the first half, 31-23, before UMass mounted a furious comeback in the final minutes of the first period. A 10-0 run to end the half gave the Minutewomen a two-point lead headed into the locker room at the break, 33-31.

The second half began much like the first half started, with UMass coming out shooting. The Minutewomen built their lead in the second half to as much as 17. Diatiema Hill led all players with 21 points in the game as she scored 21, including a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. Megan Zullo ended the game 6-of-8 from the floor with all her field goal attempts coming from behind the arc, finishing the game with 20 points. Points in the final minute pulled Quinnipiac to within 16 with UMass holding on for the 82-16.

Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored eight points in the loss, adding six boards and a team-high five assists. Kaminski pulled down seven boards in the game, while Neyens added six as the Bobcats finished with 36 as a team. The Minutewomen pulled down six more boards than Quinnipiac, 42-36. The Bobcats were outshot in the game, 44.8 percent (26-58) to 36.7 percent (22-60).

Quinnipiac returns home Thursday to the TD Bank Sports Center for a nonconference matchup against Vanderbilt at 7 p.m., from Lender Court. The game marks the first time that a Southeast Conference opponent has ever come to Hamden to take on the Bobcats on their home court.