CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell to Miami, 93-48, in the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament at the BankUnited Center Monday afternoon. The Bobcats dropped to 4-6 this season with the loss to the hosts from Miami. The Hurricanes' win improves their record to 10-1 in the 2009-10 campaign.
The Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Miami went up by 13 in the early minutes of the first half before Quinnipiac was able to get consistent play. The Hurricanes used three players in double-digit scoring in the first half to build up their lead to 25 as the teams headed into the locker rooms at half, 52-27.
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) was a bright spot in the first half for the Bobcats. Dunbar pulled down 11 boards in the first 20 minutes of play, five more than any other player on the court. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) came off the bench in the first half and hit all three shots she took. All three of those field goal attempts came from behind the arc as she scored a team-high nine points in the first. Sophomore forward Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) set a season high in blocks in just the first half against the Hurricanes, turning aside four Miami shots in the stanza.
Miami pulled away for the 45-point win with 13 three-point field goals in the game and outrebounding Quinnipiac by a 24-board margin, 70-46. The Bobcats only went to the line seven times in the game, compared to the Hurricanes who had 28 chances from the free-throw line.
Riquna Williams led all scorers with 22 points in the game, while Shenise Johnson added 20 in the win for Miami. Jann was the only Quinnipiac player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 16 points in the game. Dunbar only pulled down one board in the second half, finishing with 12, one shy of her season and career high. Mann added a second-half block to match her career of five set last season against Delaware.
The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Central Michigan at 5 p.m., in the second day of the two-day tournament. In the earlier game, Texas defeated Central Michigan, 94-83, in Monday's first contest, setting up the championship game between the Hurricanes and the Longhorns.