HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Wagner College, 77-60, in a Northeast Conference match-up on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 15-5 on the year and 7-2 in league action, while the Seahawks drop to 2-18 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
Twelve members of the QU squad contributed offensively, for the third consecutive game, including three Bobcats who combined for over half of the team's total points, scoring 42 points together. Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the game with 17 points, while senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) registered 15 points and sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) collected her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Quinnipiac's tenacious defense forced the Seahawks to make 24 turnovers in the game, also posting 14 steals in total. The Bobcats put together 21 points off turnovers, while scoring 11 second-chance points and 12 points on the fly.
Both clubs shot above the 30-percent mark, with QU shooting 33.8 percent (24-of-71) from the floor. The Bobcats also shot 70 percent from the free-throw line, finishing 21-of-30 attempts.
The Bobcats opened the game on an 8-0 run on four consecutive Wagner turnovers. After the Seahawks called a time out at 18:17, Laura Amorosa put Wagner on the scoreboard with two points from the charity stripe. After Wagner's Stephanie Blais finished a three-pointer, Quinnipiac went on a 9-0 run to jump ahead, 17-5, with 12:31 on the clock.
As play continued, the Seahawks managed to narrow the gap by five points, 17-12, but the Bobcats countered with seven points to maintain a 12-point advantage, 24-12, midway through the half. Both squads battled throughout the next 10 minutes, but QU freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) nailed a shot from beyond the arc with two seconds remaining to send the Bobcats into the second stanza ahead, 38-24.
QU was led by Felicia Barron, who was the only player on both sides of the court to post double figures in the first half with 13 points. Together, the Bobcats compiled 12 steals, forcing 15 Wagner turnovers on which they tallied 15 points. QU also dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Seahawks, 12-0.
The Bobcats took their largest lead of the game midway through the second frame as they outscored the Seahawks, 29-to-12. Goodchild hit back-to-back three-pointers in the first three minutes to spark the Bobcats' run, bringing the lead to 48-28. As time elapsed, McQuain added two points from the line to give Quinnipiac a 29-point advantage, 67-38, with just under 10 minutes to play.
Wagner responded with 13 unanswered points over the next five minutes to narrow the gap, 69-52. Junior Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) would break the Seahawks' run as she made a jumper with 3:14 on the clock, while both teams added eight points to the scoreboard to finish the contest.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood when they host NEC foe Mount St. Mary's on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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