Conn. - Brittany
McQuain (Independence, Mo.) recorded her sixth career
double-double as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team
defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 75-56, at the TD Bank Sports Center
on senior day. The Bobcats improve to 14-14 overall and 11-6 in the
Northeast Conference, while the Knights fall to 14-14 and 7-10 in
McQuain posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Quinnipiac's Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) was 3-for-3 from three-point range on her way to a game-high 17 points. The junior guard also pulled down seven rebounds, while classmate Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) posted 15 points and nine rebounds. Fairleigh Dickinson was led by Mariyah Laury and Danielle Pankey, who put up 15 points and 12 points, respectively.
The Bobcats dominated play against Fairleigh Dickinson, holding the Knights to 27.8% shooting from the floor and 15.4% from three-point range. The Bobcats also outrebounded FDU, 54-29, on their way to their second highest rebound total of the season.
FDU's Maury scored the first basket of the game, but from there it was all Quinnipiac. Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers at the 14:03 mark as the Bobcats doubled the Knights up, 14-7. Goodchild dropped in another three on the Bobcats' next possession to push Quinnipiac's lead to 17-9. The Bobcats' biggest lead of the first half, 22-13, came on a jumper by McQuain while Quinnipiac took a 33-30 lead heading into halftime. McQuain dominated the first half, as she came close to collecting a double-double in only the first twenty minutes of play, posting eight points and 10 rebounds. The lead changed five times and the score was tied three times during the first half.
Goodchild's three-pointer at the 16:49 mark gave the Bobcats a double-digit lead (11 points) for the first time in the contest, 44-33. Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) drained a jumper halfway through the second stanza to put Quinnipiac ahead by double-figures for the remainder of the contest. Kaminski's two points gave the team a 55-44 lead.
The Bobcats took their biggest lead of the game, 19 points, 71-52, down the stretch, as McQuain added a point from the free throw line. Senior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) handed the ball off to fellow senior Mia Picillo (Derry N.H.), who then scored her first basket of the season at the buzzer. Quinnipiac went on to win the game by 19 points, its largest margin of victory of the season, 75-56.
The Bobcats' honored four seniors prior to the start of the game, including Kaminski, Pratt, Picillo, and Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.).
Quinnipiac hosts its final game of the season against Monmouth, Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.