HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team cut a 22-point second-half deficit to one point in the closing minutes, but were unable to complete the comeback, falling to James Madison, 81-73, in both teams’ season opener at the TD Bank Sports Center on Friday afternoon.
After trailing 36-28 at the half, the Bobcats found themselves on the short end of a 23-9 run to open the half. With eight minutes remaining in the second stanza, Quinnipiac stormed back on a 22-4 run.
Coming out of a media timeout, freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) made a pair of free throws, cutting the James Madison lead to 63-46. Martin then came up with the steal on the next Dukes possession, finding freshman Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) for a lay-up.
The Dukes then extended the lead to 67-50, and called timeout with 6:34 to go in the game. However, it was the Bobcats who took advantage of the stoppage, as redshirt junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored the game’s next six points, coming up with a pair of the Bobcats’ nine second-half steals in the process.
James Madison turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions, with the Bobcats recording points off all of the turnovers. After a lay-up by Barron narrowed the gap to 67-60 with 4:57 remaining, the Dukes were forced to burn another timeout.
Off of the timeout, the Bobcats came up with a stop defensively, and Martin came through with two more three-pointers, cutting the deficit to 67-66. The Dukes then went on a 10-0 run to close out the game.
Sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) tallied career highs with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Martin and the Dukes’ Tarik Hislop were tied with a game-high 20 points, with Martin recording 17 points throughout the second half. Barron finished the game with 14 points, including 10 in the second half. Abshire and freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) each posted six boards in their first collegiate game.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16, when the team travels to Worcester, Mass. for a non-conference match-up with Holy Cross. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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