SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored a career-high 21 points and matched her career high with 13 rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball fell to Bryant Saturday afternoon, 72-62, at the Chace Athletic Center. Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) also reached a team-best fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The loss drops the Bobcats to 4-2 in Northeast Conference play and 9-8 overall, while Bryant evens its conference mark at 3-3 and improves its overall record to 5-11.
"I don't think this was a let down on our part, but Bryant playing a great game," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "I thought we battled and had a chance to take this game, but this Bryant team played well and deserved the win. Today was Kelsey O'Keefe's day and I am not going to take anything away from her."
The double-doubles by Dunbar and Kaminski marked the first time since Mar. 1, 2008 that two or more Quinnipiac players recorded a double-double in the same game. The 21 points by Dunbar was a team season high, eclipsing the 20-point mark reached by Kaminski and senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) early this year.
After the Bobcats held a six-point lead, 29-23, at halftime Bryant stormed back early in the second half to take the lead. The Bulldogs' O'Keefe had a career-day as she eclipsed her previous career high of 33 to finish with 34 in the game. Of the 34 points in the win, 28 came in the second half to help Bryant pull away down the stretch for the team's third NEC win, 72-62.
Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) finished with eight points, including a three-pointer in the final minutes to pull the Bobcats to within two positions. But the comeback fell short as fouls and Bryant free throws sealed the 10-point win. Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had a team-high five assists in the game as well.
Quinnipiac outrebounded the Bulldogs in the game, 49-45, as well as outshot them overall, 34.4 percent (21-61) to 33.8 percent (23-68). The Bobcats connected on just three three-point field goals in the game (3-12), while Bryant hit 7-of-25 from long range.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 21 when they host Bryant in the second game of the home-and-home series. The Bobcats and Bulldogs will tip-off from the TD Bank Sports Center at 5 p.m., on Lender Court.