Led by Jasmine Martin's 22 points, the Quinnipiac women's basketball team defeated Manhattan, 77-74, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats improve to 9-8 overall including a 4-3 mark in MAAC play while Manhattan drops to 3-12 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
Martin's 22 points came on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor including a game-high four three-pointers to lead the Bobcats. Martin also grabbed five rebounds in the game, three coming on the offensive end. Quinnipiac, as a team, out-rebounded the Jaspers, 47-31, with 23 of their 47 rebounds coming on the offensive glass, which ultimately led to 23 second-chance points.
Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) and Boo Abshire (Washington, D.C.) both turned in solid all-around performances. Guastella finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks to go with her game-high eight assists. Abshire had 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds while hitting on 3-of-6 from long range for the game. The Bobcats also benefitted from 26 points off of its bench, led by freshman Morgan Manz's (Southbury, Conn.) 10 points as well as seven rebounds. Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) had six off the bench to go with seven rebounds.
Quinnipiac trailed early in the game as Manhattan jumped out to a 24-12 lead with 11:57 to play in the first half. Quinnipiac countered with a 17-4 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Manz with 3:45 left in the half to give Quinnipiac a 29-28 lead. Manz scored the Bobcats' final seven points in the run before Manhattan regained the lead. Abshire closed out the half with five points on Quinnipiac's final two possessions, including a three-pointer with 31-seconds left to give Quinnipiac a 36-33 lead heading into halftime.
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Quinnipiac came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Jaspers 20-9 over the first six minutes of play. Leading 56-42, Quinnipiac gave up a mini-run to Manhattan as Shayna Ericksen converted a pair of lay-ups and Allison Skrec knocked down a three-pointer before Blake Underhill's lay-up with 8:22 to play pulled the Jaspers within a point, 58-57.
Both teams traded baskets back-and-forth before a pair of free throws from Manhattan's Nicole Isaacs cut Quinnipiac's lead to four points, 70-66, with 1:50 to play. Martin took over down the stretch, scoring Quinnipiac's final seven points to push the Bobcats to the league win.
The game came down to the final ticks with Isaacs' three-point bid from in front of the Manhattan bench finding the rim, but rolling out as time expired. For Manhattan, Underhill scored a team-best 22 points while Ericksen had 17 points and nine rebounds. Isaacs had 11 points on the strength of three three-pointers while Monica Roeder and Skrec tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively. Skrec also led Manhattan with seven assists.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 16 when it travels to Jersey City, N.J. to take on St. Peter's in a MAAC contest set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats return home on Saturday, Jan. 18 to host Siena at 1 p.m. at TD Bank Sports Center.