November 16, 2011

Holy Cross Defeats Women's Basketball, 80-70

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Worcester, Mass. – Despite a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost to the College of the Holy Cross, 80-70, in a non-conference game on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 0-2 on the year, while the Crusaders improve to 1-2 overall.

In addition to McQuain's first double-double of the season, redshirt junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored 16 points, while senior Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) collected 10 points and five boards on the night. Sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) also picked up nine rebounds and six points in the loss. In addition, Holy Cross forward Emily Parker led the game with 20 points, while three other Crusaders also posted double figures in the contest.

After Holy Cross opened the game with a 4-0 run in the first minute of play, Quinnipiac's McQuain and Warner each scored two points to tie the game at 4-4 with 18:30 on the clock. The Crusaders went on to maintain the lead for the remainder of the first half, posting an eight-point advantage at two different points during the half.

Midway through the first half, Quinnipiac narrowed the gap by one point, 20-21, as Barron added two points following a Holy Cross three-pointer by Brisje Malone. After Barron's layup, the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to increase their lead, 28-23, with 8:31 to play.

After both teams tallied two points, Quinnipiac went on a 6-0 run to come back within two points of Holy Cross, 30-28, with five minutes remaining. Both teams continued to battle in the final minutes of the half but the Crusaders would enter the locker rooms with a four-point advantage, 37-34, after Holy Cross' Alex Smith finished two shots from the free-throw line with 43 seconds left in the first half.

Barron compiled 10 points for the Bobcats in the first half, while Amy Lepley and Emily Parker each tallied eight points for the Crusaders. Quinnipiac's Camryn Warner led the first twenty minutes with eight rebounds.

Quinnipiac added two points to the scoreboard, six seconds into the second stanza on a Barron jumper. Holy Cross then went ahead by 12 points, their biggest lead of the game, 47-35, on a ten-point run with 17:47 on the clock.

The Bobcats answered with an 8-0 run to narrow the gap by four points, 47-43, with 15:36 remaining in the contest. Quinnipiac junior Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) went on to drill the team's first three-pointer of the game at 12:33 which sparked the Bobcats' offense.

As second-half play continued, Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game, 62-61, with less than nine minutes on the clock after Barron stole the ball and made a fast-break layup. Holy Cross took back its lead only seconds later as Meredith Ward made two free throws. Holy Cross held its advantage for the rest of the game and closed the half on a 17-8 run.

The Bobcats return to action when they host Fairfield on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu