HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost a Northeast Conference match-up to Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-65, on Monday night at the Stratis Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 17-6 overall and 9-3 in league action, while the Knights improve to 11-13 on the year and 6-6 in conference play.
Quinnipiac's seven-game winning streak was ended despite four Bobcats with double figures in the scoring column. Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the team with 17 points and a game-high six steals, while freshmen Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) registered 15 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) tallied 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Three Knights also posted double digits, including freshman Erica Livermore who collected the only double-double of the outing with a game-high 23 points and 14 boards. Fairleigh Dickinson's leading-scorer, Mariyah Laury, compiled 17 points on the evening.
The Bobcats dominated first-half play, but the Knights gained momentum throughout the second stanza. Quinnipiac led by as many as 16 points after halftime, while Fairleigh Dickinson held a 12-point advantage over QU with only 30 seconds left in the contest. Overall, FDU outshot Quinnipiac, 42.6-to-33.8 percent, from the floor and out-rebounded the Bobcats, 48-to-38. The contest saw 57 turnovers in total, with the Knights leading 31-26.
After Fairleigh Dickinson's Laury put up the first two points of the game, the Bobcats took control and went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes. Both teams each scored a basket before the Knights registered nine straight points to come within one tally of Quinnipiac, 14-13, nearing the 14-minute mark. QU continued to battle and responded with a 9-0 run, which was ended by a FDU three-pointer midway through the half. With 7:30 on the clock, the scoreboard read, 29-18, after the Bobcats outscored the Knights 6-2.
Neither squad would score over the next few minutes until Martin added three points to give Quinnipiac a 14-point lead, its largest of the half, 32-18. The Bobcats compiled six more points during the remainder of the first frame, but Livermore proved to be Fairleigh Dickinson's offensive threat as she scored all of the team's six points in the final minutes of the half. The Bobcats would enter the locker room in front of the Knights, 38-24.
The Bobcats' Martin and McQuain each contributed 10 points apiece, while Livermore led the half with 14 points for the Knights. Although both teams forced double-digit turnovers, Quinnipiac managed to outscore FDU, 23-to-7, in points off turnovers.
The Knights opened the second stanza with a 10-2 run in the first five minutes of action to narrow the gap, 40-34. As play continued, Fairleigh Dickinson tied the score, 45-45, as Livermore finished a layup midway through the half. Thirty seconds later, Danielle Pankey made a bucket to give the Knights its first lead of the night, 47-45, and the team would stay ahead for the rest of the night.
Fairleigh Dickinson increased its advantage by 11 points, 62-51, with less than three minutes on the clock. Moments later, Felicia Barron gave the Bobcats a spark as she nailed a crucial shot from beyond the arc.
In the final minute, the Bobcats found themselves down by eight points, 67-59, after Guastella hit a three-pointer to help taper the deficit. The remaining 60 seconds saw the Knights compile six points from the charity stripe, while Barron and Martin each made three-point shots for QU.
Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood when it travels to play NEC intra-state foe Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
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