Women's Basketball Defeats St. Francis (N.Y.), 56-52

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Freshman Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) scored a career-high 17 points and senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) posted her third double-double this season as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 56-52, in a Northeast Conference contest in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 11-12 overall and 8-4 in the NEC, while the Terriers drop to 2-21 on the year and 0-12 in conference play.

In addition to McQuain's game-high 17 points, she also pulled down seven rebounds. Kaminski led the Bobcats, posting a game-high 11 rebounds and another 11 points in the match-up. Sisters Autumn and Amber Lau led the Terriers, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Overall, Quinnipiac outshot St. Francis (N.Y.) 38.9 percent (21-54) to 36.0 percent (18-50) from the floor. The Bobcats also outrebounded the Terriers, 37-33. Quinnipiac had nine blocks in the game, while St. Francis (N.Y.) only picked up three blocks. The Bobcats compiled 23 points off of the Terriers' 21 turnovers.

The Bobcats held a seven-point advantage, 16-9, with just under 10 minutes on the clock in the first half. Amber Lau hit a three-pointer to cap a 7-0 run to tie the score, 16-16, at 6:31.

Quinnipiac went on a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the half, 25-16, with 1:36 left to play. The Bobcats' Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va.) scored the final two points of the run in the paint off of a Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) steal. St. Francis (N.Y.) responded with the final four points to close the half. Quinnipiac led, 25-20, at the break.

McQuain led with the Bobcats with eight points in the first half, while Kaminski collected five points and five rebounds. Amber Lau led the Terriers with seven points in the half.

After Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored the first two points of the second half for the Bobcats, the Terriers went on a 4-0 run, to narrow the gap to three points, 27-24. Quinnipiac answered with an eight-point run to push the lead to 34-24. The Bobcats' Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) nailed a three-pointer at the 13-minute mark to reestablish the 10-point lead.

Quinnipiac continued to stay ahead by 10 points down the stretch until the Amber Lau added a basket from three-point range to close down the gap to seven points, 51-44, with 1:31 remaining. Jasmin Robinson added another basket from the free-throw line, following a three-pointer only thirty seconds later, closing down the gap to three points, 51-48.

The Bobcats collected another seven points from the free-throw line, before the Autumn Lau would add three points with seven seconds remaining, accounting for the final four point margin, 56-52.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays host to Sacred Heart on Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.