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HAMDEN, Conn.- The Quinnipiac women's basketball team won its 17th straight game to remain perfect in Northeast Conference play (16-0) with a 74-61 win at home against Bryant. Quinnipiac improves to 25-2 overall with the win while also finishing the regular season at 12-0 at home. Quinnipiac's 25 overall wins and 16 conference wins match the most in program history, previously set by the 2007-08 squad, while its 12 wins at home are the most in Quinnipiac history. Bryant drops to 10-16 overall and 6-9 in NEC play.
Quinnipiac led by 14 at halftime, and led by as many as 20 points in the second half, before a late charge from Bryant pulled the Bulldogs to within four points late in the game. Quinnipiac withstood the rush from Bryant, eventually cruising in the closing minutes to the 13-point victory. The Bobcats benefitted from a career night for Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) who dropped in a personal, all-time best 17 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Warner also contributed two assists, two blocks and two steals in the Bobcats' win.
It was a solid all-around night for the Bobcats' line-up as Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) had 15 points and eight steals. Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) matched Warner's 17-point output, while Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) had nine points and four rebounds off the bench. Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) contributed on both ends of the floor, as McQuain grabbed 10 rebounds while also passing out six assists and coming away with five steals. Abshire had eight assists and two steals for Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac outscored Bryant, 20-6, over the first 9:36 of play in the first half, including a 10-0 run that featured back-to-back three-pointers from Martin and Barron. After Bryant clawed its way back to a single-digit deficit, 33-24 with 2:31 to play, Quinnipiac responded with a pair of three-pointers from Guastella and a bucket from long range from Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.). Quinnipiac hit 14-of-30 from the floor in the first half, including 6-of-8 from three-point range.
Quinnipiac's biggest lead of the game came at the 12:14 mark of the second half when it held a 20-point edge, 57-37, with 12:14 to play. Bryant turned the game around, outscoring Quinnipiac 24-8 over the next 10 minutes to pull within four points with 2:24 to play. A Warner three-pointer at the 1:56 mark snapped the Bobcats out of their funk and Quinnipiac held Bryant scoreless down the stretch en route to a 13-point win.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend with its final two regular-season match-ups when they play at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 1 p.m. and at St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m.