February 11, 2012

Women's Basketball Outlasts Central Connecticut State, 64-59

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) registered a game-high 20 points as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team picked up a Northeast Conference Rivalry Week win at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Bobcats improve to 18-6 overall and 10-3 in NEC action, while the Blue Devils drop to 11-13 on the year and 5-8 in league play.

Two additional Bobcats recorded double figures, including senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) with 10 points and sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) with a team-high 10 rebounds, while QU's bench put together 20 points in the outing. Junior Jaclyn Babe paced Central Connecticut with 19 points, while fellow classmate Kirsten Daamen led the match-up with 12 boards.

The Bobcats outshot the Blue Devils by a mere .3 percent as they posted a 38.9 field-goal percentage. Quinnipiac converted 25 points off 18 CCSU turnovers, while Central Connecticut managed to score only 13 points off the Bobcats' 13 turnovers. Despite being out-rebounded, 40-to-32, the Bobcats tallied nine steals, which was led by Barron's four-steal performance.

After CCSU scored the first two points, thirty seconds into the game, Barron went on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes. Both clubs traded baskets when freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) nailed the Bobcats' first three-pointer of the afternoon and a shot from the line to put Quinnipiac in front, 15-11, with 12:30 on the clock.

Following three minutes of scoreless play, Barron tallied seven of Quinnipiac's next nine points, giving the Bobcats an 11-point lead, its largest of the half, 24-13, with six minutes remaining. The Blue Devils managed to come within three points of the Bobcats, 31-28, answering with a 15-7 run to close the first frame.

Quinnipiac shot a near perfect 91.7 percent from the charity stripe (11-for-12), as the half saw Barron collect double figures in the scoring column with 14 points.

Two minutes into the second stanza, the Blue Devils earned a 32-31 advantage, their first lead since scoring two points in the opening minute of the game. The Bobcats battled to take back the lead, 48-45, midway through the half.

As play continued, QU's Martin finished a crucial three-point shot to widen the gap by five points, 60-55, with less than four minutes on the clock. With two minutes left, Central Connecticut's Kaley Watras collected two points from the line, but freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) responded with a layup to keep the Bobcats' in front, 62-57.

Babe went on to finish two free-throws in the final minute, but Quinnipiac's consistent defense stopped the Blue Devils from scoring, which resulted in sending Barron to the line, where she made two shots with one second remaining.

Quinnipiac plays host to CCSU in the final game of NEC Rivalry Week on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu