HARTFORD, Conn.- Senior Felicia Baron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a team-high 16 points and snatched a season-high eight steals on Sunday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team surrendered its first loss of the season to Hartford, 67-61, at the Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 7-1 on the season – ending their longest unbeaten streak to start a season since joining the NCAA's highest division.
"We really came back to put ourselves in a position to win the game," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. "It's what I really liked about the effort from us and the team and that's really what these young ladies have done for us in past years. The mental and the battle toughness has been really good you saw were we just made mistakes and we were soft with the ball and just moving at a faster clip than what we wanted to do because of the pressure and the importance of the possession. We will learn from where we fell short today."
A game of many transitions, the Bobcats set the tone from the opening whistle. Barron, the Bobcats' leading scorer, sparked a 10-4 run to open the game while sophomore Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) led all Bobcats with eight points in the first half . Martin finished with 15 points in the Bobcats' loss. Junior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) turned in a solid all-around performance, just falling short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds while also totaling four steals. Quinnipiac was out-shot in the first half, but five three-pointers, including a pair by Ellen Cannon (Westchester, Pa.) off the bench, kept the game close after first half, 34-30, in favor of the Hawks.
Quinnipiac used a 6-0 run to start the second half to tie the game, before Hartford eventually pulled away. 11 of Barron's 16 points - as well as five of her eight steals - came down the stretch. Hartford's Nikkia Smith came off the bench to counter Barron's second-half performance, dropping 12 points in the second frame, powered by 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Smith also collected four rebounds and had three steals in the second half alone.
Smith would finish with 14 points and eight rebounds for the game, but it was senior Ruthanne Doherty's 21 points that led the Hawks.
The Bobcats will return Saturday, Dec. 22 as they take on Big East powerhouse St. John's at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. The Red Storm is currently 5-3 in nonconference play.
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign 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 is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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