HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points and redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) added a game-high 17 as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Maine, 68-59, Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. A late second-half surge helped propel the Bobcats to the nine-point win, improving their record to 3-5 this season. The loss was the sixth of the year for the Black Bears, dropping them to 2-6 overall.
"We have been so hot and cold in the second (half) this season," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "I am proud that we battled for this one. We needed a win and, although we gave them some easy looks, we pushed through and got a victory today."
Maine jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before Fabbri called a timeout to settle her team. After that break, the Bobcats began to put the ball in the basket with consistancy and held at the defensive end of the floor. Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game, 19-18, with 6:41 remaining in the first half on a mid-range jumper from senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.). Following a Maine miss on the next possession, sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) connected on a three-pointer from the top of the arc to put the Bobcats up four. A series of free throws in the final minute cut the Quinnipiac lead to one, 27-26, headed into halftime.
The Bobcats and Black Bears exchanged baskets for much of the first 10 minutes of the second half, tying the game on six occasions in that span. With redshirt freshman Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) on the bench in the second half, freshman Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) played all 20 minutes. Lebak dished out four assists in the second period after just one in the first.
Quinnipiac began to pull away with 5:22 remaining in the game. Kaminski connected on a three-pointer after Jann found her cutting past a screen at the top of the key. Less than a minute later Jann connected on a three-pointer of her own from five and a half feet behind the arc to give her team a six-point lead, 57-51.
A layup by Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) with 1:37 remaining gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the game at nine, 63-54. Free throws by Maine in the final minute cut the lead to four, but Kaminski's four points in that span along with a free throw from Lebak put Quinnipiac back up nine, 68-59, as time expired.
The Bobcats' bench outscored the Black Bears' reserves, 24-17, with 21 coming from Jann and Lebak. In the second, Quinnipiac outscored Maine, 20-6, in the paint after only scoring six in the lane in the first half. The Bobcats finished the game outshooting the Black Bears 40.7 percent (22-54) to 31.7 percent (19-60).
Maine's Kristen Baker matched Kaminski with a game-high 17 points. Kaminski led all players with eight rebounds in the game, one more than Neyens' seven. Neyens had a team-high three steals, while Kaminski sent back a season-high three shots.
Quinnipiac will return to action on Monday, Dec. 21 as it hosts cross-town rival Yale at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and Bulldogs are set to tip from Lender Court at 7 p.m.