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New Rochelle, N.Y. – Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored her 1,000th career point early in the second half with a three-pointer from the top of the key, but the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to the Iona Gaels, 95-86, at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) scored a career-high 26 points on 13-of-19 shooting. Ostergaard also pulled down five rebounds and had two assists on the day. Brittany McQuain finished with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. McQuain also pulled down 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) finished with nine points and eight rebounds while Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) went 3-for-6 from the field for nine points.
In the first half, Quinnipiac held a 21-14 rebounding advantage, 11-2 second chance points' advantage, and a 12-2 bench scoring advantage, but the Bobcats saw themselves down 49-34 at the half. Iona forced six Quinnipiac turnovers in the first half and was able to score nine points off those turnovers.
The Gaels were very efficient in the first half shooting 60 percent (21-35) as compared to Quinnipiac's 40.5 percent (15-37). Joy Adams went 9-for-11 from the field scoring 18 points and pulling down six rebounds in the first half. MAAC leading scorer Damika Martinez went 5-for-11 in the first half and 3-of-4 from three to total 13 first half points alongside four first half assists.
McQuain was 6-of-12 from the field in the first half for 13 points to go alongside seven first half rebounds. Ostergaard was 5-for-8 in the half scoring 10 points.
Iona led the entire first half and built a lead as large as 17. The Gaels began the game with a 24-8 run in the first seven minutes and twelve seconds. Quinnipiac used a 23-15 run to cut the lead to eight with 4:23 left in the first half as Abshire connected on a three. Iona finished the last four minutes on a 10-3 run and was ahead by 15 at halftime.
With 18:33 left, Martin cut the Iona lead to 11 when Guastella found her at the top of the key. Martin hit a three point jumper to put her career total to 1001 as she became the 20th player in school history and second Bobcat (McQuain) to reach the 1,000 point milestone this season.
After Quinnipiac and Iona traded baskets over the next four minutes, Ostergaard connected on back to back shots to cut the lead to 10 with 14:09 remaining. Martinez would push the Iona lead to 19 with a three with 12:50 remaining. Quinnipiac and Iona would continue to trade baskets over the next six minutes. From the 7:07 mark until the 4:19 mark Quinnipiac went on a 13-2 run to make it 80-71.
Ostergaard made it a one possession game with 2:21 remaining with a layup, but that would be the closest the Bobcats would get for the rest of the game. Iona went 9-for-10 from the line in the final two minutes to close out the game. The Gaels were led by the second leading free thrower shooter in the MAAC in Aleesha Powell who went 9-for-10 from the line in the game and 6-for-6 over the final two minutes.
The Bobcats were able to hold the Gaels to 38.1 percent (8-for-21) from the field in the second half, but were unable to come all the way back from a 15 point halftime deficit. Next up for Quinnipiac will be the Manhattan Jaspers on Sunday. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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