WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J) scored a career high 24 points and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) added 16 points to pace the Bobcats in their New Jersey homecoming on Friday night in West Long Branch. Quinnipiac went on to defeat the Monmouth Hawks, 83-67, and improve to 14-9 overall and 9-4 MAAC while Monmouth falls to 6-19 overall and 5-9 MAAC.
Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) added her sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. With the 10 rebounds she became the fourth player in Quinnipiac history to register 1,000 rebounds in a career. McQuain becomes the third player in Quinnipiac history and the first player in Quinnipiac Division I history to register 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a career.
Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C) added 10 assists as she moved past Kara Cassidy '03 for fourth place on the all-time Quinnipiac assists list (418). Jaci Oskam (Glenmont, N.Y.) added a free throw for her first career point on her 21st birthday. Every player for the Bobcats has now tallied a point this season.
Quinnipiac would cut the lead to 35-30 with 3:27 left and would finish the half strong not allowing the Hawks to score over the last three minutes. Martin would connect on a layup with 1:25 left to make the score 35-32 in favor of Monmouth. 56 seconds later after a Martin rebound Adily Martucci (Waterford, Conn.) was left wide open in the corner. She knocked down the three to tie it up at 35.
The teams would head into the locker rooms with the score tied at the half. Monmouth shot 44.4 percent (16-for-36) from the field in the half and held a 13-9 bench scoring advantage over the Bobcats. Quinnipiac shot 36.1 percent (13-for-36) from the field, but held a 16-12 advantage in points in the paint.
McQuain was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac at the half with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Chevannah Paalvast led the way for the Hawks in the first half with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Paalvast also shot 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Monmouth came out in the first two minutes of the second half on an 8-2 run. The Hawks made it a six point lead with 15:05 remaining. Guastella would cut into the lead 32 seconds later with a layup and the foul. She converted the and one making it 49-46 Monmouth with 14:33 remaining.
With 11:52 remaining, Abshire gave the Bobcats their first lead of the second half off a three pointer from the top of the key. Quinnipiac and Monmouth would trade baskets over the next four minutes and two seconds. With 7:50 remaining Guastella added another three to give Quinnipiac a one point lead. The Bobcats would not trail for the rest of the game and would begin to pull away after a 19-5 run over the next five minutes. Martin and Guastella would add 10 of the 19 points.
In the second half, Quinnipiac outshot Monmouth 45.2 percent (14-for-31) to 40.6 percent (13-32). Quinnipiac shot 13-for-15 from the line in the game while the Hawks were 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.
The major advantage for the Bobcats in the second half was points off turnovers. Quinnipiac held a 13-2 advantage. Quinnipiac handled the Monmouth press well in the second half as they only turned the ball over three times in the half. The Bobcats forced nine Hawk turnovers in the second half. Quinnipiac also held a 16-5 bench scoring advantage.
Quinnipiac returns home to host Canisius in their Play 4 Kay game on Sunday, Feb. 9th. Tip-off is scheduled for at 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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