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MARTIN, Tenn.– Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) became the 19th player in school history to join the 1000 point club, but the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to three-time defending Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Champion UT Martin, 102-97 in overtime in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT.
Jasmine Martin (Sickerville, NJ) was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac with 25 points, while Jasmine Newsome had 44 points for UT Martin. Gillian Abshire (Washington,DC) scored 20 points for the second straight game to go along with nine assists and Sam Guastella (Red Bank, New Jersey) had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Camryn Warner (Keene,NH) also chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats got off to a good start and took a 13-9 lead with 12:35 left in the first half. With 12:35 left in the half, McQuain was found in the paint by Abshire and hit a turnaround jumper and was fouled. The layup gave her the two points to put her at 1001 career points. After McQuain put the Bobcats up 14-9 with a free throw, Martin hit a jumper to put the Bobcats up 16-9.
Quinnipiac held the advantage down low in the first half with an 18-10 margin for points in the paint. The Bobcats were just unable to slow the guards of Newsome and Butler who combined for 29 of the team's 37 points in the first half.
In the first half, Newsome became the second player in school history to join the 2000 point club. The only other player in that club was her teammate, Heather Butler. Heading into halftime UT Martin held a 37-36 lead.
The second half saw UT Martin able to build a lead as big as 12, but the Bobcats were able to dig back in the game despite having several players in foul trouble. In the second half, five players would foul out between UT Martin and Quinnipiac and the bench play would play a major role.
With 7:56 left in regulation Katie Schubert hit a three to put UT Martin up 63-51 and gave the Skyhawks their largest lead of the game. With 7:08 left Adily Martucci (Waterford,Conn.) hit a three to cut the Skyhawks lead to nine.
On the next possession, Martin stole the ball for Quinnipiac and took it coast to coast for the layup to bring the Bobcats within seven. Following two free throws from Butler, Martucci hit another three to bring the Bobcats within six.
With 4:14 left Abshire made both of her free throws to make the score 70-67. After Abshire's foul shots an offensive foul was called on UT Martin and Guastella was awarded two shots. She hit both of her shots to make the score 70-69.
After back and forth play, Quinnipiac was down 83-81 with twelve seconds left. Abshire ran a play into the paint and was fouled with 5.7 seconds on the clock. Abshire made both free throws and the Bobcats were able to defend a Newsome attempt at the buzzer as the game would go into overtime.
Newsome would prove to be too much for the Bobcats in overtime. Newsome scored 15 points in the extra session and finished with 44 points overall. Newsome's 44 points broke a school record for points in a game.
UT Martin went on to win 102-97 and improved to 2-1 on the season while the Bobcats wrapped up their first ever Preseason WNIT with a 1-2 record. Quinnipiac's next game will be against St. John's on Wednesday, Nov. 20. First tip is from Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY at 7 PM.
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