Women's Basketball Falls To Monmouth, 55-36, In NEC Quarterfinals

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The seventh-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost, 55-36, to No. 2 Monmouth University in a Northeast Conference Tournament Quarterfinal match-up on Saturday, March 5. With the loss, the Bobcats end the 2010-11 season with a 14-16 overall record and an 11-7 mark in conference play.

Quinnipiac was led by senior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) and freshman Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), who each scored eight points and each pulled down seven boards. The Hawks' Abby Martin led the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Both teams posted field-goal percentages of less than 30 percent in a low-scoring first half. The score was tied, 4-4, six minutes into play. After Monmouth's Alysha Womack hit a free throw to create a one-point point lead, 5-4, Pratt pulled down an offensive rebound and scored two points for Quinnipiac to take the lead, 6-5, with 11 minutes on the clock.

The first three-pointer of the game was scored by the Hawks' Gabby Singer, which put Monmouth in front, 11-10, with 6:30 remaining in the half. Both teams continued to battle down the stretch, yet the Hawks were able to hold a 20-18 advantage at the break, after Singer drained a three-pointer with only seconds on the clock.

The Bobcats went 2-2 from the line, while the Hawks scored 6-of-14 from the charity stripe in the first half.

Monmouth's Martin scored six straight points early in the second half, putting the Hawks ahead by eight, 26-18, at the 14-minute mark. Monmouth continued to keep control of the ball and the lead as Womack and Martin pushed the run to 10-0.

Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) ended the Hawks' 10-point run with two points to narrow the gap to 30-20. Alexis Canady added two points to Monmouth's 10-point lead before the Bobcats scored five straight points, capped at the 11:32 mark by Kari Goodchild's (Van Horne, Iowa) three-pointer to close to within seven points, 32-25.

The Hawks responded with an 11-0 run, led by Martin, who scored six points. Canady also canned a three-point shot, increasing Monmouth's lead to 43-27. Pratt made two free-throws for the Bobcats before the Hawks went on a 10-0 run. The score read 53-29 with just under five minutes remaining.

Quinnipiac senior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) nailed the Bobcats' last three points of the game from long range, before Rooney made two from the charity stripe with just less than two minutes remaining in the game. With the victory, the Hawks advance to the NEC Semifinals on Tuesday, March 8, and will play host to the winner of this afternoon's quarterfinal match-up between No. 4 Robert Morris and fifth-seeded Long Island.