HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team held off a late second-half surge to defeat Wagner Saturday afternoon, 66-56, at the TD Bank Sports Center. Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) recorded her second double-double in as many games as she scored a season-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win. The victory pushes Quinnipiac's record to 2-1 in Northeast Conference play and evens its overall record at 7-7. Wagner drops to 4-11 on the season with the loss and 1-3 in league play.
"We were not happy with the way we played on Thursday," said head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "It was nice to get a comfortable lead in the first half with contributions from veterans like Courtney (Kaminski) and Kathleen (Neyens). Lisa (Lebak) was big when we needed her today for us to get this important victory."
Kaminski and senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored in double figures in the first half to lead the Bobcats to a 12-point advantage, 40-28, after 20 minutes. Neyens scored all of her 11 points in the first half, while Kaminski dropped 10 in the period. After not connecting on a three-pointer against Mount for the first time in a game in nearly four years, the Bobcats hit three in the first 20 minutes of play with Neyens and Kaminski each hitting one, while Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) came off the bench to sink the other.
Building the lead to 18 points, 48-30, with 13:34 remaining in the second half, Quinnipiac was in control to start the period. The Seahawks were held to just seven points in the first eight minutes of the half with the Bobcats' defense forcing turnovers down low.
Wagner began to chip away at the lead in the final ten minutes, pulling to within three, 54-51, with three and a half minutes to play in the game. Wagner freshman Marie-Laurence Archambault scored 13 points in the second half with nine coming from behind the arc to help her team make a late run. The 24 total points were a career high, but not enough as fouls and Quinnipiac free throws sealed the 10-point Bobcat win, 66-56.
Kaminski's 20 points tied her with Neyens for the team's best individual scoring output of the season. She and Neyens also were the team's best defenders, combining for seven blocks in the game with Kaminski falling one short of her career high, finishing with four in the game.
Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) came back strong after missing Thursday's game with Mount St. Mary's with an injury. Lebak matched her career high with seven assists in the game, including six in the first half to help Quinnipiac build its lead. The first-year Bobcat was one of four players in double figures as she scored 10 points in the win.
Coming off the bench for the first time this season, sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) fell one rebound short of her fourth double-double, finishing the game with 10 points and nine boards.
Quinnipiac reached the 50-rebound mark for the third time this season and the first in conference play. Neyens added seven boards to go along with the 21 pulled down between Kaminski and Dunbar. The 23.4 percent (18-77) shooting from the floor by Wagner was the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent all season.
Quinnipiac wraps-up a three-game weekend homestand with Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, Jan 11.. The Bobcats and Knights will tip-off at the TD Bank Sports Center at 5 p.m.