Women's Basketball Improves To 7-1 In NEC Play With 77-62 Win Against Wagner

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Freshman Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) posted her second-career double-double, as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team won, 77-62, against the Wagner Seahawks in a Northeast Conference match-up on Monday night. With the victory, the Bobcats improve to 10-9 overall and 7-1 in conference play, while the Seahawks fall to 9-10 on the year and 2-6 in the NEC. The last time Quinnipiac had a 7-1 start in NEC play was during the 2007-2008 season.

Five different Bobcats posted double figures in the contest led by sophomore Felicia Barron's (Springfield, Mass.) team-high 22 points while Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) posted 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.), junior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa), and Brittany McQuain each scored 11 points. McQuain also picked up a team-high 11 rebounds in the victory, earning her second-career double-double.

Ashley Olsen led the Seahawks with a team-high 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Bobcats were able to shut down Wagner's top scorer, Megan Mahoney, to five points and five rebounds in the match.

Overall, Quinnipiac pulled down 38 rebounds in the win, while Wagner compiled 33 rebounds. The Bobcats scored 24-of-31 baskets from the free-throw line, while the Seahawks made 16 free throws on the night.

The Bobcats took control of the game early, as they went on a 6-0 run in the first three minutes of play. The Seahawks' answered with seven points to take the lead, 7-6, with 13:13 on the clock. Later in the half, Quinnipiac's Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and Kari Goodchild each hit three-pointer to take back the lead by four points, 18-14.

Quinnipiac continued to stay ahead of Wagner for the remainder of the half, taking its biggest lead, 10 points, with 2:29 to play. The Bobcats held a 33-25 advantage heading into the second half. Quinnipiac scored 17 points off Wagner's 16 turnovers and 11 fast-break points in the first twenty minutes of play.

With 8:31 on the clock, the score read 61-39, as Quinnipiac held its largest lead of the game, 22 points. Wagner responded with an 11-0 run to narrow the gap by 11 points, 61-50, with five minutes left to play. The Bobcats went on to score 16 points down the stretch to win its fourth-straight NEC match-up, 77-62.

With the win, Quinnipiac finds itself in a three-way tie for first place in NEC play amongst Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.), each with a 7-1 record. The Bobcats will host both teams in the week ahead, facing Robert Morris on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 12:00 p.m. and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m.