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HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by power forward Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team coupled strong defense with a potent offense en route to a 74-45 win over defending NEC Champion Sacred Heart at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. McQuain registered her third double-double of the season as the Bobcats improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in league play.
McQuain finished with 21 points, going 9-of-16 from the floor, and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. McQuain was joined in double-figures by Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) as the duo once again carried the Bobcats backcourt. Martin finished with 14 points and four rebounds, while Barron added 13 points and snatched two steals. Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) earned her first start of the campaign and garnered a season-high nine points to go along with four rebounds. Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) had seven points and game-high six assists.
Quinnipiac pulled away in the first half with a 19-2 run beginning with an Abshire free-throw at the 10:02 mark. The Bobcats held SHU scoreless for a five minute span and opened their largest lead of the half, 35-17, after a Barron layup with 2:03 seconds remaining. McQuain was tremendous in the opening stanza with 11 points and five rebounds.
The Bobcats' 14-point lead was never in jeopardy after the break, as Quinnipiac extended its lead and coasted to an easy victory. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 5-0 on Lender Court.
Quinnipiac's defense was relentless all game, forcing 28 SHU turnovers which resulted in 23 points on the other end. The Bobcats also held the Pioneers to 31.7 percent from the floor and gathered a 32-26 edge in the paint.
Morgan Merriman led Sacred Heart with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Enjoli Bland scored four points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while Kiley Evans finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Despite trailing in the all-time series, 25-34, Quinnipiac is 3-2 over the last five meetings with Sacred Heart.
The Bobcats continue their season on the road Monday night, as Quinnipiac takes on the Bryant Bulldogs at the Chase Athletics Center, in Smithfield, R.I. at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs are currently 4-8 overall for the 2012-13 season.
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.
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