January 22, 2010

Bryant Defeats Women's Basketball, 67-42

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost to Bryant, 67-42, Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game. The loss drops the Bobcats' Northeast Conference mark to 4-3, while evening their overall record at 9-9 this season. Bryant is now 4-3 in NEC play and 7-11 overall.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 15-0 lead as Quinnipiac failed to score in the first six minute of play. After the Bobcats scored two baskets, Bryant pushed its lead to a game-high 27 points with just over four minutes to play in the first half. The Bulldogs' Meredith Soper led all players at halftime with eight points as her team took a 33-11 advantage into the locker room after 20 minutes of play.

Quinnipiac came out in the second half looking to cut into the halftime deficit, but were answered by Bryant's continued intense play to start the period. A Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) layup with 11:03 remaining cut the Bulldog lead to 16, but that would be as close as they would come with Bryant pulling away for the 67-42 win.

Kaminski and Dunbar were the only two Bobcats to reach double figures in scoring in the game. Bryant's Soper and Kristen Mraz each finished with 17 points to lead all players. Mraz also dished out a game-high eight assists in the win.

The Bulldogs edged the Bobcats in rebounds, 39-38, while outshooting them 44.4 percent (24-54) to 29.1 percent (16-55). Kaminski tied Mraz with a game-high four steals, adding two blocks and four boards to go along with her 10 points.

Quinnipiac will look to end its two-game losing streak when it takes on Central Connecticut State Saturday at noon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats cruised past the Blue Devils, 56-45, last week in New Britain, Conn., before dropping both consecutive games to the Bulldogs.