Barron, Martin Propel Women's Basketball To 82-74 NEC Victory At Robert Morris

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) and freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) registered career-highs as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Robert Morris, 82-74, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Sewall Center on Monday night. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in league action, while the Colonials drop to 9-8 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.

Barron scored a game-high 26 points, while Martin tallied 22 points in the outing. Sophomores Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) and Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) each posted double-figures as Warner matched a career-high 13 points and McQuain scored 10 points. McQuain also led the Bobcats with a team-high nine rebounds.

The Bobcats finished with over 80 points for the second consecutive contest. QU outscored RMU from the floor (37.1-to-36.1), but both teams shot 80 percent from the free-throw line and 28.6 percent from three-point range. Each squad also pulled down 49 rebounds.

Both clubs battled throughout the entire game, but the Bobcats managed to lead by as many as 10 points on the night. Quinnipiac's bench put together over one-fourth of the team's total points with 26 points overall.

After the Bobcats went on a 9-8 run to open the first half, Spanou finished one of two free throws to tie the game at nine points apiece with just over 15 minutes to play. QU then scored four straight points from the charity stripe before Robert Morris would go on an 8-0 run to take a 17-13 lead midway through the period.

Each team continued to fight, but RMU would increase its lead by six points, 23-7, its largest advantage of the first half with 6:38 on the clock. Quinnipiac fought to take back the lead as Martin scored from inside the paint to put the Bobcats ahead, 30-28, at the two-minute mark. Martin would send Quinnipiac to the locker room in front of Robert Morris, 37-36, after hitting a three-pointer in the final seconds of the frame.

Barron led the Bobcats with 10 points in the first twenty minutes. In addition, QU outscored RMU inside the paint, 18-to-10, and converted nine points off turnovers.

The Colonials started the second stanza on a 15-8 run, but the Bobcats seized control of the game as they compiled 15 consecutive points to capture a 60-51 lead over RMU with nine minutes remaining. Martin created a spark for the Bobcats on the 15-0 run as she tallied eight points, including two three-pointers.

Robert Morris attempted to narrow the gap as it came within four points of Quinnipiac, 66-62, with just over three minutes left to play. However, Barron completed back-to-back free throws before finishing a shot from behind the arc to extend the Bobcats' lead, 71-62, at 2:20.

Quinnipiac managed to stay ahead of Robert Morris for the remainder of the night as it compiled nine points from the free-throw line in the final two minutes. More specifically, Barron finished six of the Bobcats' nine free throws.

The Colonials saw two players with double-doubles, including Mary Durojaye who collected a career-high 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Bobcats return to action when they travel to play a pair of NEC games against Bryant on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sacred Heart on Monday, Jan. 23.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu