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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Brittany McQuain (Independence,Mo.) scored a career high 28 points to along with 12 rebounds and went 10-11 from the free throw line in her Missouri homecoming as Quinnipiac defeated Missouri State 75-65 at JQH Arena.
Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville,NJ) had 13 points and four rebounds while Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati,Ohio), Camryn Warner (Keene,NH), and Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) each chipped in with nine points. Gillian Abshire (Washington,DC) had seven points to go alongside 10 assists. Quinnipiac moves to 3-3 overall. Quinnipiac will have a few days off for Thanksgiving before hosting St Joseph's on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 pm.
McQuain's 28 points is the most for a Quinnipiac player since Felicia Barron scored 28 points at St. Francis, Pa. on January 28, 2012.
McQuain had a big first half down low for the Bobcats. In the first half she had 11 points and five rebounds. She was also three for four from the line.
In the second half, Bry Snow hit a jump shot with 16:32 to go to give Missouri State their largest lead of the game. Quinnipiac would not be put away however as Napolitano hit a big three pointer with 15:30 left to bring the Bobcats within nine. 35 seconds later Warner had an open look and knocked down the jumper to bring Quinnipiac within seven.
Martin and McQuain hit back to back jumpers to cut the Missouri State lead to just three with 13:19 to play. With 8:37 left Martin hit a jumper to give Quinnipiac a 50-49 lead which they held for the rest of the game.
With Quinnipiac leading with 4:57 left McQuain hit two free throws to give the Bobcats a 59-52 lead. She hit another pair of free throws with 4:00 left as Quinnipiac stretched their lead to double figures. McQuain sealed the deal with 1:08 left giving the Bobcats a 71-59 as she continued her perfect half from the charity stripe.
Quinnipiac moves to 3-3 on the season as they continue an impressive out of conference schedule. The Bobcats first six opponents hold a combined 20-9 overall record while two of their opponents (Louisville and St. John's) hold the top two RPI rankings. Quinnipiac has the fourth toughest schedule in the country as they welcome Atlantic -10 foe St. Joseph's on Sunday.
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