Women’s Basketball Upends James Madison in Season-Opener, 65-60; Barron Nets 23
HARRSIONBURG, Va. – Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 23 points, two assists and five steals en route to a victory to start her final season in Bobcats' uniform. Quinnipiac women's basketball opened the start of their season Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the James Madison campus. The Bobcats' 1-0 start drops JMU to 0-2 this year and marks their first loss at home since January 29, 2012, which came against Delaware. The win is also Quinnipiac's first season-opening win since the 2008 campaign.
"Our second half was fantastic, we knew that this game on the schedule was going to be a great atmosphere, being preseason number one in our league we knew that this was the type of game that we need to play for us to continue and grow and get better as the season goes along," said head coach Tricia Fabbri.
Power forwards Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) crashed the boards recording their first double-doubles of the 2012-13 season. In the first half alone, the dynamic duo combined for 30 points and nine rebounds. McQuain matched a career-high of five steals which posed a huge defensive obstacle for the Dukes.
Nonetheless, the Bobcats trailed the Dukes, 20-27, at halftime. However, led by their potent backcourt, The Bobcats opened the second frame with a 9-0 run, charging right back into the game. Barron and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) played large roles in the stretch.
Quinnipiac made 50 percent of its shots in the second half, due en large part to its play in transition. Quinnipiac outscored JMU, 23-8 in fastbreak points, something the Bobcats will continue to do all season long.
Sophomore forward Nikoline Ostergaard (Denmark) and guard Jasmine Martin (Slicklerville, N.J.) each provided crucial minutes as well. Ostergaard was perfect from the line and handed out three assists. Martin added seven points in her sophomore debut.
Despite a late surge from the hosting Dukes, Quinnipiac remained composed and sustained its advantage. James Madison worked itsself to the WNIT Championship game last season and was ranked very high in several mid-major polls.
Quinnipiac will continue the start of their season with another road trip to the University of Massachusetts on Friday, November 16th at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. The Bobcats open their season at home, Saturday, November 24 against University of Rhode Island at 2 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for Quinnipiac basketball games can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule will also be available for download atwww.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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