HAMDEN, Conn. – Head Coach Tricia Fabbri needed just seven games to do it, as the all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac women's basketball history added to her resume with a 61-49 Bobcats' victory at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. In a game that was televised on NESN, Fabbri collected career win No. 250 in the triumph and Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to seven straight – needing just two more to tie the record for most wins without a loss to start a season.
Fabbri improved 250-240 in her time at Quinnipiac, which now includes a 16-2 record in non-conference games since last season. The Bobcats' 7-0 start is the best start in Division I program history and second best all-time – only trailing a 9-0 start during the 1985-86 campaign.
"We talked a lot about our rebounding, offensively and defensively we've seen better hands on the balls, corralling it and bringing it in," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. " It's really been a point of emphasis that we have been knocking around the balls been bouncing out of bounds in practice, so really going forward we just adjust the defense, rebound, own it and go get it."
Senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats offensively with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Fresh off a 21-point performance in the Brown Bear Classic Championship game, sophomore Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded double-digits for the fourth time in her last five games with 12 points. She went 4-of-8 from behind the arc and grabbed three rebounds in the win. Joining Martin with a hot hand from long range was fellow classmate Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.), who nabbed 11 points which included three, three-point field goals in 25 minutes of action.
Quinnipiac took control of this one right from the opening whistle, when Martin sparked the Bobcats' offense with a three-pointer on the game's first possession. QU rattled off a 10-3 run, which then extended to a 28-16 margin over the next 10 minutes of play. Martin poured in nine points and Guastella tallied eight en route to an 11-point, 37-26, lead at the break.
Usually reliant on a potent offense, the Bobcats defense was the key factor in the final outcome. Quinnipiac forced 30 Holy Cross turnovers compared to just 13 from the hosting Bobcats. Coupled with 37.3 percent shooting for the game, the Crusaders were unable to chip into their deficit, leaving Quinnipiac with its second win at the Bank this season.
For the game, Holy Cross captured the edge in rebounding, 52-40, and points in the paint, 30-22. However, Quinnipiac's 27 points due to the long-range shot proved to be the difference. Holy Cross finished 3-of-13 from behind the arc.
Junior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and sophomore Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) also played well for the Bobcats. McQuain scored seven points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Abshire finished with seven points and a game-high five assists.
Lisa Mifsud went 4-of-10 from the floor to lead the Crusaders with 11 points, two assists and two steals. Holy Cross dropped below the .500 mark to 4-5 with the loss.
Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood on Sunday, December 16 as head coach Tricia Fabbri and the Bobcats travel to the University of Hartford for a showdown against former UConn standout and Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford, Conn.
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