Martin And Abshire Power Bobcats To First MAAC Win Over Canisius, 65-55

BUFFALO, NY. – Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville,NJ) led all scorers with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half, as Quinnipiac defeated Canisius, 65-55, in Buffalo. Martin went 7-for-15 from the field and hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) upped her MAAC-leading 6.8 assists per game average with nine assists on the afternoon. With the nine assists she passes Brianna Rooney '09 (344) and Erin Kerner '09 (342) on the all-time Quinnipiac assists list. Abshire sits in seventh place all alone with 349 career assists.

Brittany McQuain
(Independence, Mo.) finished with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks. Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, NJ) was close to a double double  with eight points and eight rebounds. Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) finished with nine points and hit five of six crucial free throws down the stretch.

With the win over Canisius, Quinnipiac picks up their first conference win since joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July. Quinnipiac moves to 6-6 on the season and 1-1 in the MAAC. Canisius falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the MAAC.

The first half was relatively even between Quinnipiac and Canisius. The score was tied on three different occasions and the lead changed on six different occasions. Canisius was more efficient in the first half shooting 13-for-23 (57%) from the field and 4-for-6 (67%) from beyond the arc.

Points in the paint were even between Quinnipiac and Canisius in the first half with both teams scoring 12 points from inside. The major reason why Quinnipiac only trailed 32-30 at the half was due to Quinnipiac's 13-2 advantage on points off turnovers. Quinnipiac forced 14 first half turnovers. Guastella had two of Quinnipiac's four first half blocks.

Quinnipiac limited Canisius to 30% from the field in the second half as they took the lead. Quinnipiac went on a 12-4 run from the 12 minute mark until there was 6:35 to go. Eight of those 12 points were scored by Martin.

Jamie Ruttle cut the Bobcats lead to two with 5:02 left but that would be the last basket the Golden Griffins would score over the next three minutes and fifty seconds. With 3:26 to go Martin hit a three to put the Bobcats up by six.

With 1:04 left McQuain corralled a big offensive rebound and passed it to the perimeter to Martin who was fouled. Martin iced the game with a pair of free throws to push the Quinnipiac lead to 61-53. Quinnipiac would go on to close the game with two free throws each from Ostergaard and Martin as the Bobcats would go on to win 65-55.

Quinnipiac continued to hold the advantage in points off turnovers as they held an 11-4 edge in the second half and a 24-6 advantage in the game.
Quinnipiac will have a few days off for the holidays before they return home to take on Niagara. Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, December 29 at 2 PM from the TD Bank Sports Center.

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