HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) tossed in a team-high 17 points on Monday evening, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team dropped a Northeast Conference home game to LIU Brooklyn, 74-64, at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats descend to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the league, while the visiting Blackbirds improve to 13-3, 2-2 in the NEC.
Barron finished 6-of-16 from the floor, went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line and tallied three steals in the losing effort. Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) posted another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) joined the two teammates in double-figures with 12 points.
Despite shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, opposed to 46.9 percent for the Blackbirds, the Bobcats kept the game close through the first half of play. LIU took a mere four-point lead, 36-32, into the locker room behind 14 points from Ashley Palmer. QU's defense played a large role in the stanza, as the Bobcats forced 11 LIU turnovers.
Conversely to the first half, QU came out with the better play early on in the second frame. Barron capped off a 17-11 run with a layup underneath at the 13:08 mark, granting the Bobcats a 49-47 lead.
However, LIU's Palmer presented a difficult match-up for the Bobcats all night, as the senior guard/forward continued to carry the Blackbirds' offense. Her 16 second-half points helped open a two-possession lead for the away team down the final stretch. LIU increased its advantage to 11 points with just 1:44 left in regulation, a lead that the Blackbirds would not relinquish.
For the game, the Blackbirds outshot the Bobcats, 44.3 percent to 34.8 percent, from the floor, and 73.9 percent to 61.9 percent, from the free-throw line. LIU also controlled the boards, 49-40, while each team collected 34 points in the paint.
Palmer tallied 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to complete the double-double. LIU will host Monmouth on Saturday.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood on Saturday as well, when they travel to Lorreto, Pa. for a conference showdown against Saint Francis. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
Contact: Lindsay Oliveri; Lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu