PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell, 84-61, in a nonconference matchup with Providence at Mullaney Gymnasium Tuesday night. The loss drops the Bobcats' record to 0-2 on the season, while the Friars remain undefeated in 2009-10 at 4-0.
Quinnipiac led early, 8-5, on the strength of five early points from senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.). The Friars turned that three-point deficit into a nine-point lead after putting together a 12-0 run over a three-minute span midway through the first half. Providence would build its lead to as much as 13 in the opening half, 35-22, before the Bobcats began to chip away at the lead with scoring outbursts.
After making just four shots the entire game at Hartford, redshirt freshman Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) came out shooting against the Friars. Connecting on her first three field-goal attempts, Barron would finish the half with 12 points as she shot 4-of-5 from three-point range. All five of her field-goal attempts in the first 20 minutes of play came from long range, with three coming in transition to help the Bobcats pull to within eight at halftime, 43-35.
A 12-3 run gave the Friars the 17-point lead, 55-38, four and a half minutes into the second half. Providence would sustain pressure on the offensive and defensive end of the floor the entire second half, building its largest lead to 26 midway through the period. A three-pointer by sophomore forward Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) from the top of the key would spark the Bobcats bench as freshman Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) would add her first-career points on a lay-up with just under eight minutes remaining.
Four Quinnipiac players finished the game in double-digit scoring, led by Barron's 12. Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and Dunbar also reached the 10-point mark in the contest. The Bobcats became the first team to reach the 60-point plateau against the Friars' defensive this season. Providence had held each of its three previous opponents to 59 points or less.
Providence outshot Quinnipiac, connecting on 43.3 percent of its shots to the Bobcats' 33.9 percent. For the second time in as many games, Quinnipiac outrebounded its opponent in a loss. The Bobcats pulled down 44 boards in the game, while the Friars were able to collect 41 rebounds in the game. Providence senior forward Emily Cournoyer led all scorers with a career-high 25 points in the game, while teammate and senior guard Emily Marandola added 23 of her own.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 29 as it will take on New Hampshire in the team's home opener. The Bobcats and Wildcats are set to tip-off from the TD Bank Sports Center at noon. An autograph session with the entire team will follow the conclusion of the game on the concourse level.