STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost to Wagner, 72-58, Thursday night at the Spiro Sports Center. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Bobcats and drops their Northeast Conference record below .500 to 4-5 this season and 9-11 overall. The Seahawks claimed their fourth NEC win of the year to improve their record to 4-5 and 7-13 overall. The loss snaps a 15-game win streak for the Bobcats over the Seahawks dating back to 2002.
"It's hard to win games when you score 58 points," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "With the amount of turnovers we had, we put a lot of pressure on the defense tonight. We need to make sure we handle the ball a little better moving forward and not rely on our defense to bail us out."
Wagner took a five-point lead into halftime, 24-19, after using a 14-3 run midway through the period. Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) led all scorers in the first with eight points, including connecting on two three-point field goals. Junior forward Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) had six boards at the break, but a balanced Wagner scoring attack and offensive fouls leading to turnovers cost the Bobcats a chance to pull even at the end of 20 minutes of action.
Quinnipiac fought back in the second half, cutting the deficit to single-digits on separate occasions, but Wagner seemed to have an answer for each Bobcat basket. A Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) fast-break lay-up with three minutes remaining in the game pulled Quinnipiac to within eight, 60-52. The Seahawks immediately pushed the ball up court for a bucket to regain the 10-point lead.
After a slow start, junior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) started to help the Bobcats mount the comeback run. Finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kaminski earned her sixth double-double of the season.
But the comeback was not to be as Wagner's Ashley Olsen was her team's leading scorer and rebounder in the game. Her double-double of 16 points and 13 boards helped the Seahawks take the lead early and never relinquish it again for the win. Megan Mahoney matched Olsen with 16 points in the game, while Andrea Reed had seven assists.
Jann was the only other Quinnipiac player finishing in double figures as she scored 10 in the game. Pratt finished just short of her first career double-double as she had nine points and eight boards in the loss. Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) finished with a career-high eight assists, besting her previous high by one.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Emmitsburg, Md., against Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats and Mountaineers will tip at 3 p.m. from Knott Arena.