HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated New Haven County foe Yale, 68-63, on Tuesday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center, a game that was broadcasted live on NESN. Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the way with a season-high 24 points and sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) posted another double-double en route to the Bobcats second straight win. QU improved to 7-3 on the season, while Yale dropped to 5-5.
Barron finished 8-of-19 from the floor, 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and picked up five steals for the Bobcats. McQuain was also stellar, recording 13 points and 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. QU collected a season-best 56 rebounds in the game, a figure compiled by nine different members of the team.
The first 20 minutes of play featured a close contest, where neither team opened a lead of more than four points. McQuain granted the Bobcats a 25-21 lead at the 7:28 mark with a layup underneath.
However, the Bulldogs finished the half on a high note with a 13-7 run in the waning minutes. Yale took a 34-32 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime. Janna Graf posted a first half-high of 15 points and Barron led the Bobcats with 12.
After the break, the two teams continued to exchange baskets through the first 10 minutes of the stanza. With the scored tied at 44 apiece, the 12th tie of the game, QU created the game's first substantial separation. Barron capped off a 17-4 run with a three-pointer at the 4:09 mark, giving the Bobcats their largest lead of the game of 13 points.
Yale chipped away down the stretch, but couldn't overcome the deficit solidifying QU's fourth win at the Bank this season. The Bobcats outscored the Bulldogs in the paint, 40-22, second-chance points, 14-7, and off the bench, 20-12. The also captured a plus-20 edge in rebounding as well.
Three Bobcats finished with six points and at least one board. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) registered six points and six rebounds, Shaina Earle (South Orange, N.J.) added six points, three assists and two rebounds, and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) chimed in with six points and one rebound. Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) and Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) each collected five points.
Graf led the Bulldogs with 16 points and eight rebounds. Michelle Cashen had 11.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood on Wednesday, December 28, when the team travels to the nation's capital for a non-conference clash with American. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Bender Arena.
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