January 21, 2012

Women's Basketball Downs Bryant, 84-47, In NEC Action

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Twelve Bobcats finished in the scoring column on Saturday afternoon as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Bryant University, 84-47, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Chace Athletic Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 13-5 overall and 5-2 in league play, while the Bulldogs drop to 11-7 on the year and 4-3 in the NEC.

Quinnipiac was led by sophomore Brittany McQuain who registered a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded 13 points, while junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) and Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) each turned in 10 points. The Bulldogs' Danielle Douglas led the game with 16 points.

"It's really one of the best team wins we've had in a couple of years here at Quinnipiac," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. "For 33, 34 minutes of the game, we just dominated on both side of the ball. It was a tremendous defensive effort again and really, all players got in today and were so productive and so efficient in their minutes."

Overall, the Bobcats' final scoring margin of 37 points stands as the team's highest this season. Quinnipiac outshot Bryant from all areas on the court and out-rebounded the NEC-foe, 53-to-37. QU posted a 45.8 field-goal percentage (27-for-59), while shooting a season-high 88.9 percent from the line (24-for-27).

Almost half of Quinnipiac's points, 38, were scored from the team's bench, while the Bobcats put together 24 points off 18 Bryant turnovers. QU also outscored the Bulldogs from inside the paint, 32-to-20.

Bryant took control of the game early as it went on a 9-0 run in the first four minutes of play. However, in the next three minutes, Quinnipiac answered with 12 consecutive points and never looked back as it took a three-point lead.

The Bobcats positioned themselves in front of the Bulldogs, 31-19, as junior Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) finished a shot from behind the arc with seven minutes remaining. QU continued to keep possession as it increased its lead by 20 points, 44-24, after Martin and Goodchild registered back-to-back three-pointers with two minutes to go.

Freshman Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) added three points to the scoreboard over the next minute to give the Bobcats a 23-point advantage, their biggest lead of the half. Quinnipiac would enter the locker room ahead, 47-24, after shooting a near perfect 17-for-19 from the charity stripe.

Quinnipiac's McQuain and Martin each poured in double figures in the first half, with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. McQuain also led the Bobcats with seven rebounds, while Douglas posted eight points for the Bulldogs.

QU widened the gap by 27 points less than two minutes into the second stanza and continued to hold the advantage as it led, 66-39, with 11 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs managed to come within 23 points of the Bobcats, 66-43, as they compiled four points over the next minute. Despite Bryant's efforts, Quinnipiac battled back with a 9-0 run.

The Bulldogs were allowed only two points in the last five minutes of the game, but Quinnipiac junior captain Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) would collect a season-high eight points to boost the Bobcats' final lead to 84-47.

"It was another big game for us on the road," said Fabbri. "I just thought this was two great clubs that had the same conference record. They were 6-1 at home and we were 7-1 on the road and something had to give. We just played fantastic basketball outside the first two minutes of the game."

The Bobcats return to the hardwood when they play intra-state foe Sacred Heart in a NEC match-up on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu