HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) reached the 1,000-point mark as she registered a game-high 15 points to lift the second-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team past No. 7 Mount St. Mary's, 65-61, in a Northeast Quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 22-8 on the year, while the Mountaineers end their season at 14-16 overall. Quinnipiac will host a NEC Semifinals contest on Tuesday, March 6.
Barron increased her career total to 1,004 points, while Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds, also a career-high for the sophomore. Two additional Bobcats saw double figures in the scoring column, including freshmen Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) with 12 points and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) with 11 points in the outing.
Mount St. Mary's was led by junior Sydney Henderson's 13 points, while sophomore Kayla Grossett was the Mount's second leading scorer with 10 points.
Each team's bench contributed 20-plus points on the afternoon, while both squads shot 23.9 percent overall as they each finished 22-of-63 shots from the floor. The Bobcats completed 20 of their 30 free-throw attempts, while the Mount picked up 13 points from the charity stripe. Quinnipiac also out-rebounded Mount St. Mary's, 48-to-44.
The Bobcats opened the game with a 7-0 run, capped off by a Barron three-pointer two minutes into play. The Mount responded with its own seven straight points to tie the game at 16:28. Both clubs traded baskets, but the visiting Mountaineers would take their first lead at the 12-minute mark, 14-13. QU tied it back up as Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) answered with a critical steal which led to a Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) free-throw point.
With seven minutes remaining, Quinnipiac added five consecutive points from the free-throw line to increase its lead, 24-19. Grossett then hit a three-pointer which narrowed the gap to two-points with five minutes on the clock. In the final minute, McQuain collected a point from the line to tie the game at 27-27. The Mountaineers were then sent to the line, where they missed the chance to move ahead of the Bobcats. However, Warner would complete a buzzer-beating layup to send Quinnipiac into the second stanza ahead, 29-27.
Quinnipiac took control of the second half early as it went on a 10-3 run to widen the gap, 39-30, over the first four minutes. Both clubs continued to battle, but the Bobcats managed to take their biggest advantage, a 10-point lead, at 12:12 when Martin finished a layup to put QU in front, 50-40.
The Mountaineers fought back as they went on a 10-0 run to tie the game, 50-50, with less than 10 minutes left in the contest. The Bobcats stayed poised and never fell behind the Mount for the remainder of the game, despite a tied score, four times over the next five minutes. With less than three minutes on the clock, Barron put together two points from the line and QU would stay in front for the rest of the afternoon for the NEC tournament victory.
The Bobcats return to action when they host one of two NEC Semifinal match-ups on Tuesday, March 6 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. QU will play Monmouth, if the third-seeded Hawks defeat LIU Brooklyn in today's evening contest. However, if the Hawks lose, the Bobcats will take on the winner of Robert Morris versus Saint Francis (Pa.).
Quinnipiac fans can look to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics for the latest updates and schedule changes at www.Quinnipiac Bobcats.com.
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