January 30, 2012

Balanced Attack Propels Women's Basketball To Big Win Against Mount St. Mary's, 89-73

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Six Bobcats finished with double-figures on Monday night, as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team cruised to a Northeast Conference victory over Mount St. Mary's, 89-73, at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats, now 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the NEC, shot a blistering 58.2 percent from the field en route to their sixth consecutive win. The Mountaineers fall to 8-13, 4-6 in league competition. 

Ten Bobcats impacted Quinnipiac's point total, including junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) who led the Bobcats with 19 points as she went 8-for-12 from the floor. Freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) added 14 points, freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J) tallied 13, and senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) recorded 11, while sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and senior Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored 10 points each.

Mount St. Mary's shot 40.9 percent on the night, but the Bobcats delivered their second-best performance of the season, finishing 32-of-55 attempts from the hardwood. Quinnipiac also out-rebounded the Mount, 36-to-34, as sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) and Dunbar each pulled down a team-high six boards.

Both squads traded tallies for much of the first nine minutes of play, with Quinnipiac leading, 16-15. A 10-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes gave the Bobcats a double-digit edge they would not relinquish the remainder of the night. QU went on to hold a 44-22 advantage at the half, after outscoring the Mountaineers, 18-7, over the last seven minutes of the frame. Martin sparked the Bobcats' efforts as she nailed three three-pointers on the rally.

Quinnipiac shot 64.3 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the Mountaineers to 31 percent in the stanza. Barron tossed in 14 points and Martin chimed in with 11 in the half.

The second half featured an offensive outburst as the two teams combined for 96 total points. Nonetheless, the Bobcats' 22-point halftime margin was insurmountable, leaving QU with its seventh double-digit win of the season.   

The Bobcats came up with 11 steals in the game, including nine in the first half. Barron, who leads the nation in steals per game, had four of her five in the frame. Quinnipiac also recorded a season-high 24 assists, including six from freshman Shaina Earle (South Orange, N.J.) and five from freshman Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.).

Mount St. Mary's, now 1-4 in its last five games, heads back to Maryland and will host Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris this weekend.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the team travels to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth in NEC play. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri; lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu