Riverdale, N.Y. – Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) finished out the regular season in impressive fashion as they paced the Bobcats to an 86-78 victory over Manhattan College on Saturday afternoon in Riverdale. Quinnipiac finishes their inaugural regular season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 19-11 overall record and a 14-6 conference record.
A winner in seven of its last nine games now, Quinnipiac was once again led by MAAC Player of the Year candidate, Brittany McQuain. McQuain finished with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She also pulled down five rebounds and added four assists, two steals and a block. With 18 points she passed Maria Holland '86 for ninth place on the all-time Quinnipiac scoring list (1,358). McQuain currently has 1,370 career points and is just eight points behind Monique Lee '08 for eighth place on the all-time list.
Joining McQuain and Martin in double-figures were Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) and Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.). Guastella finished with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and added three rebounds and a season high four blocks. Cannon went 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the three point line.
Quinnipiac trailed for the majority of the first half, but came through in the second. Manhattan was able to build their lead to eight with 11 minutes to go in the half, but the Bobcats used a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to cut the Manhattan lead to two. Manhattan would not hold a lead larger than four for the rest of the game.
Quinnipiac would head into the locker rooms with a 34-30 lead. Both teams were relatively even with Manhattan holding a 10-6 points in the paint advantage and a 10-9 points off turnover advantage. Quinnipiac held a 6-3 second chance points advantage while both teams scored 10 bench points. Quinnipiac shot 35.7 percent (10-28) in the half while Manhattan shot 30.3 percent (10-33).
Both teams would nearly double their efficiency in the second half. The Jaspers shot 61.5 percent from the field (16-26) and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc (5-for-8). The Bobcats shot 70.8 percent from the field (17-for-24) and 70 percent (7-for-10) from behind the three point line.
Quinnipiac opened the half on a 16-5 run to take a seven point lead. The Bobcats would not trail for the rest of the game. The Bobcats built a lead as large as 14 in the second half as they closed out the game and went on to win by eight. Quinnipiac held advantages in points in the paint (18-10) and points off turnovers (13-8), but their major advantage came from their bench scoring (23-12).
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