WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team won its seventh consecutive game as it defeated Monmouth University, 75-63, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Multipurpose Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Bobcats improve to 17-5 overall and 9-2 in league action, while the Hawks drop to 12-10 on the year and 7-4 in conference play.
Quinnipiac was led by junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) who registered a game-high 23 points as she went 10-for-19 from the floor. Three other Bobcats also posted double figures in the scoring column, including sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) with 13 points, and freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) and sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.), with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Overall, the Bobcats outshot the Hawks with a 48.4 field-goal percentage, but Monmouth out-rebounded QU, 46-to-38. The Bobcats together compiled 13 steals and forced 19 turnovers, which they converted into one-third of their overall points (25). Guastella collected a career-high six of the Quinnipiac's nine blocks on the afternoon.
Monmouth's Alysha Womack scored a team-high 19 points, while Abby Martin earned the only double-double of the outing with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks.
After the Bobcats opened the first half on a 7-2 run, both squads battled, but Quinnipiac held a 14-12 lead over the Hawks just under the 12 minute mark. QU went on to score 12 straight points to increase its advantage to 26-12 over the next three minutes.
Quinnipiac continued to keep possession as it widened the gap by 18 points, its largest lead of the half. With just over five minutes to play, the Bobcats moved in front, 34-16, after going on an 8-4 run. Monmouth responded with its own 13-4 run to come within eight points of QU, 38-30, entering the second stanza.
Barron led the Bobcats with 15 points, the only player on either sides of the court in double digits in the first frame. QU also compiled 16 points off 13 Monmouth turnovers, while adding 11 second-chance points.
Quinnipiac started the second half with an 8-0 run before the Hawks' Womack would add two points from the free-throw line with 17:28 on the clock. Both clubs traded baskets as the scoreboard read, 60-43, with 10 minutes remaining.
The Bobcats managed to hold a 20-point lead, their biggest of the contest, as senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) finished a layup just under the eight-minute mark to give QU its 64-44 advantage.
Quinnipiac continued to stay ahead of Monmouth throughout the remainder of the game, despite allowing the Hawks to attempt 16 shots from the charity stripe in the second half alone.
QU continues NEC play at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
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