The Quinnipiac women's basketball team lost a home MAAC contest to Fairfield, 61-52, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in conference play while Fairfield improves to 12-7 overall and 7-3 in MAAC play.
Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) led all Bobcats with 18 points while Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. For Fairfield, Felicia DaCruz had a game-high 19 points, including an 8-of-11 clip from the free throw line, while Katie Cizynski had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
With a first half basket Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) moved past Mandy Penewell '09 for 14th place on the all-time scoring list. McQuain is 16 points shy of Lisa Caldwell '84 for 13th place on the all-time list.
Fairfield opened the game with a 10-0 run before Guastella scored Quinnipiac's first field goal with 15:50 to play in the first half. Overall, Quinnipiac converted just once on their first 11 shots from the floor. A media timeout snapped the Bobcats out of their shooting slump as they went on to hit seven of their next 10 shots from the field in a 14-5 run to pull within three points, 19-16, with 9:35 to play in the first frame. The remaining time on the first half saw both teams going back-and-forth as Fairfield held a 28-22 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats were plagued by a tough shooting day, particularly from long distance as they hit just 4-for-25 from three-point range. Additionally, Fairfield hit on 18-of-26 from the free throw line, which ultimately spelled a rough outing for the Bobcats. Down the stretch, Fairfield's Katie Cizynski had 10 points and eight rebounds in the second half. Martin kept Quinnipiac in the game, scoring 11 of her team-best 18 points in the final 20 minutes, while Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) dished five of her six assists for the game at the end of regulation.
Fairfield moves to 6-2 all-time in the all-time series. Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it travels to Niagara for a MAAC tilt at 1 p.m. Quinnipiac will then travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to face Monmouth on Friday, Feb. 7 before returning home to host Canisius on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.