Philadelphia, Pa. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team fell to Villanova University, 74-66, in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Wednesday night. With the loss, Quinnipiac ends their season with an overall record of 21-13, while the Wildcats move to 23-8 and move on to face George Washington in the second round.
Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) was outstanding in her final game in a Bobcat uniform as she once again moved up the Quinnipiac charts. McQuain finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. With the 19 points, McQuain moved past Sara Esidore '04 (1,436) for sixth place all-time and moved into a tie with Jenn Hamilton '93 for fifth place on the all-time Quinnipiac list (1,439). With the seven rebounds McQuain moved past Ashlee Kelly '04 for the Division I rebounding record (1,107). McQuain's 1,109 career rebounds has her in second place in school history. McQuain also finishes in second place on the all-time Quinnipiac games played list with 121 appearances in a Bobcat uniform.
Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) had an impressive game of her own as she picked up her fourth double-double of the season. She finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guastella hit three three pointers as she set a Quinnipiac single-season record for three pointers in a season with 70.
Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds while Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) finished with 12 points and eight assists. Abshire added to her single season assists record and finishes with 223 assists. Abshire currently has 488 career assists. After breaking Maria Holland's '86 single season assist record that stood for 32 years she will look to break Holland's all-time assists record in her senior season (681).
Devon Kane led all scorers with 24 points for Villanova on 7-of-9 shooting. The senior guard also went 8-for-9 at the line and scored her 1,000th career point in the game.
Both Quinnipiac and Villanova started the game slow with neither team able to register a point over the first 2:31. Quinnipiac held Villanova to 0-for-7 to start the game and took a 5-0 lead after Abshire and McQuain connected on back to back jumpers. McQuain made it 12-5 with 14:44 left in the first half.
The Bobcats were able to take a 20-11 lead after an Ostergaard free throw with 10:56 left in the half, but the Wildcats used 7-2 run over the next minute and a half to cut the lead to four. The Wildcats closed the half on 12-5 run to take 30-27 lead heading into the locker rooms.
In the first half, Quinnipiac held a 14-10 points in the paint advantage while Villanova held a 6-0 points off turnovers advantage and an 8-3 bench scoring advantage. McQuain had 10 points in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting.
The Bobcats opened the second half on a 14-6 run as they took a 42-36 lead with 16:34 to play. The Wildcats used a 13-0 run over the next three minutes as they would take the lead for good. Villanova was able to build their lead to 12 and Quinnipiac was not able to make the comeback.
The Bobcats held a 22-10 points in the paint advantage in the second half, but the Wildcats held an 8-4 second chance points advantage and a 13-3 bench points advantage.
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team finishes the season with 20 plus wins for the third consecutive year. The Bobcats also earned their first at-large bid into a national postseason tournament. Tricia Fabbri finishes the season with 294 career wins leaving her only six wins away from the 300 win milestone.
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