McQuain led the Bobcats with a career-high 14 points, while senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points and junior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) pulled down a career and team-high 12 rebounds.
The Blackbirds' Ashley Palmer led all scorers with 24 points, while Krystal Wells and Chelsi Johnson each posted double figures, scoring 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Despite the loss, Quinnipiac outrebounded Long Island, 46-38. The Bobcats scored 13 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds. Quinnipiac shot 40 percent from the floor (26-65), while LIU shot 42.2 percent from the field (27-64). Long Island led the game from the free-throw line, outshooting Quinnipiac 13-4 from the charity stripe.
Long Island took its biggest lead of the first half, three points, only two minutes into play. Goodchild hit a three-pointer, to tie the Blackbirds, 7-7, with 16:16 on the clock. Quinnipiac went on to hold a four-point advantage, 13-9, for its biggest lead of the half, with 15 minutes remaining. The first half saw five lead changes and the score was tied six times. Ashley Palmer's jumper in the paint with 24 seconds left, put the Blackbirds ahead by two points, 26-24, at the break. McQuain scored eight of her 14 points in the first half, while the Blackbirds' Palmer connected on 5-of-13 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws, compiling 11 points in the half.
The Bobcats held a four-point advantage, 33-29, with 16 minutes left to play in the game. The Blackbirds' responded with a Johnson three-pointer and an additional two points by Palmer to take back the lead and put Long Island on top for the remainder of the game.
The Blackbirds extended their lead to as many as 14 points, 69-55, down the stretch. Long Island added a She'tiarra point, while Quinnipiac's Kaminski made a free throw and Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va.) scored a layup, in the last minute of the game. Long Island would go on to win, 70-52.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at the Peter Aquilone Court in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.