December 28, 2011

Women's Basketball Takes Down American, 72-59, On The Road

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Patriot League opponent American University, 72-59, on Wednesday night at Bender Arena. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-3 on the year, while the Eagles drop to 7-5 overall.

Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats with a game-high 21 points as she scored five three-pointers on the night. McQuain was the only player to post double figures in rebounds, while senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) scored a season-high 16 points in the outing. In addition, freshman Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) led the team with a career-high seven assists.

Overall, the Bobcats stayed ahead of the Eagles, back-to-back Patriot League Co-Regular Season Champions, for the entire game. The team's 13-point final scoring margin registers as the Bobcats' highest of the season. Quinnipiac shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from three-point range, while out-rebounding the Eagles 38-to-32.

The Bobcats opened the first five minutes of the game with a 10-2 run led by Barron's eight points, which included two three-pointers in the first minute of play. Quinnipiac continued to keep the lead for the remainder of the half and increased its advantage by as many as 13 points at two different times during the first half.

With 8:27 on the clock, Goodchild gave the Bobcats an 11-point lead, 24-13, as she finished her first three-pointer of the night. Goodchild drained another three points to put Quinnipiac in front, 31-18, with less than five minutes remaining in the half.

AU went on a 5-2 run to close the half and came within six points of the Bobcats, but Quinnipiac managed to stay ahead by eight points to end the half and entered the locker rooms with a 35-27 advantage.

American came within four points of Quinnipiac during the second stanza, but the Bobcats would lead by as many as 16 points with less than three minutes on the clock. QU also scored nine of its 11 points from the charity stripe in the second half.

The Eagles narrowed the gap, 40-36, after both teams traded baskets with 15 minutes remaining in the contest. Quinnipiac continued to battle in the last 10 minutes as it went on a 13-7 run to earn its third consecutive win.

The Bobcats return to action when they travel to take on another Patriot League foe in the Army Black Knights on Friday, Dec. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Christl Arena.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu