Women's Basketball Defeats Rhode Island, 72-67, In Overtime

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Quinnipiac women's basketball team to a 72-67 overtime-win at Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center. With the non-conference victory, the Bobcats improve to 6-3 on the year, their best start in three seasons, while the Rams fall to 1-10 overall.

Three Bobcats posted double figures in addition to Barron, who also tallied six steals in the outing.  Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) registered 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) tallied 12 points and senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) scored a season-high 11 points. In addition, Corinne Coia led the Rams with a team-high 19 points.

Quinnipiac shot 43.1 percent from the floor and outscored Rhode Island 7-1 from three-point range. The Bobcats also scored 26 points off 20 turnovers and out-rebounded the Rams, 37-to-32, on the afternoon.

The first half saw eight lead changes while the score was tied six times. Rhode Island opened the game on an 11-5 run as it held a six-point advantage, its biggest of the half, with 14 minutes to play. Quinnipiac answered with a 12-6 run to come back and tie the game, 17-17, when Martin drained a three-pointer with 7:44 on the clock.

Quinnipiac then took its second lead of the game when Goodchild finished a layup and a shot from the charity stripe only seconds later to give the Bobcats a 20-17 lead.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the remainder of the half, but the Rams would enter the locker room ahead by two points, 33-31.

The Bobcats' Martin and Barron led the team with nine points each in the first twenty minutes of play, while Coia scored 14 points for the Rams.

The Rams increased their lead by nine points, 40-31, as they went on a 7-0 run to open the second half. Barron ended the run as she scored three points from behind the arc with just over 16 minutes remaining in the contest.

After Goodchild added three more points for Quinnipiac, Rhode Island went on an 8-0 run to go ahead by 12 points, their largest lead of the game, 48-37, which was stopped by another Barron three-pointer at 12:40.

The Bobcats battled through the next ten minutes of play as freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) and Barron scored back-to-back shots from three-point range to come within one point of the Rams, 61-60, with just under three minutes to play.

After Sherrie Session completed two free throws for the Rams, McQuain made a layup, followed by an additional two points from Guastella, to give Quinnipiac its first lead of the half, 64-63, with thirty seconds left. Rhode Island took back a one-point lead, 65-64, as Coia added two points to the scoreboard with 16 seconds remaining. After Rhode Island took its final time out with three seconds on the clock,  McQuain stepped up to the free-throw line where she finished one of two shots to send the game into overtime with the score tied, 65-65.

Quinnipiac outscored Rhode Island, 7-2, in the five-minute period to earn its second road-win and second win over an Atlantic-10 opponent  this season, 72-67. McQuain sparked the Bobcats' last-minute efforts, scoring four of the Bobcats' seven points in overtime.

The Bobcats return to action when they host Yale on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu