Women's Basketball Falls To Fairleigh Dickinson, 55-52

HACKENSACK, N.J. - Senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) collected her second double-double of the season as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell, 55-52, to Fairleigh Dickinson in a Northeast Conference contest on Monday night at the Stratis Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 6-9 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while the Knights improve to 10-5 on the year and 3-1 in the NEC.

The Bobcats were led by junior Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) who scored a team-high 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds. In addition, Kaminski picked up her second double-double this year, as she hit five field-goals and posted a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) also added 11 points in the loss. Mariyah Laury led the Knights with a game-high 17 points.

Overall, the Quinnipiac bench scored 15 points in the match-up, while the Knights' bench added 10 points. Despite the loss, the Bobcats scored 16 points off Fairleigh Dickinson's 18 turnovers and outrebounded Fairleigh Dickinson, 49-to-45.

Quinnipiac scored the first two points of the game as Kaminski hit a shot from inside the paint, one minute into play. The Knights then went on a 6-0 run with 17:08 on the clock. The Bobcats came back to tie the score, 7-7, as Dunbar finished a free-throw.

Fairleigh Dickinson went ahead by seven points, 14-7, its biggest lead of the half, with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half. Quinnipiac rallied and went on an 11-0 run, its biggest of the game, to take back the lead, 18-14, with five minutes left to play.

Quinnipiac found itself ahead by six points, 24-18, as Dunbar compiled four points from the foul line with 57 seconds on the clock. In the last minute, Kaminski collected another two points, while the Knights posted four points, as the half ended with the Bobcats ahead, 26-22.

Dunbar led the Bobcats with 11 points and five rebounds in the first half, while Jasmyra Saunders and Mariyah Laury each scored six points in the first twenty minutes of play.

The Knights narrowed the gap and eventually tied the game, 30-30, with about 15 minutes remaining in the game. Both teams kept the score close, yet the Knights stayed ahead for a 10-minute window, down the stretch. The Bobcats took back the lead by one point, 50-49, with only two minutes to play. FDU responded as Laury completed a shot from the line to tie the game.

In the last minute, Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) finished a layup, to take back the lead for the Bobcats' final time, 52-51. Fairleigh Dickinson added three more points to their score, as Laury made a layup and Danielle Pankey was given two shots from the charity stripe for the win, 55-52.

The Bobcats return to action when they play Central Connecticut State in a Northeast Conference match-up on Saturday, January 15 at Noon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac will then host Bryant on Monday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m.