EMMITSBURG, Md. - Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) finished with a career-high 28 points and added 11 rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost its fifth straight game, 86-57, to Mount St. Mary's Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. The double-double was her team-leading seventh of the season for Kaminski. The loss drops the Bobcats to 9-12 overall and 4-6 in Northeast Conference play. The Mount improves its record in league play to 4-6 and 8-12 overall.
"Courtney put her team in a good position in the first half, but we don't have the scoring capabilities as a team right now," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "This is a challenging time for us and we have no room for error. We are going to remain upbeat and stay positive the rest of the way."
Kaminski had one of the biggest first-half performances in program history. The redshirt junior poured in 24 points in the first 20 minutes of action on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor. She also was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the opening period, while adding seven boards. Kaminski's dominance was matched by two Mount St. Mary's players as Mary Dunn and Lauren Howell combined for 22 points in the half. Dunn did not miss a shot in the period as she was 3-for-3 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Howell connected on three consecutive three-point field goals that helped the Mountaineers take a seven-point lead into halftime, 40-33.
The second half was all Mountaineers, outscoring the Bobcats, 46-24, in the final period. Quinnipiac's reserves saw a lot of time in the second with the Mount pulling away for the 29-point win, 86-57. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Mount St. Mary's bench went off for 53 points in the game.
Dunn finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor to go along with her perfect first-half free-throw showing. Howell was one of those players that contributed on the Mount's bench, scoring 15 points, while Jamie Halloran dropped 13 points in as well. Hassanah Oliver finished with a career and game-high 12 assists.
Quinnipiac's Brittany Capozziello (Fairfield, Conn.) and Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) each added career highs of five points in the loss. Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had a team-high five assists in 25 minutes of action before giving way to Mia Picillo (Derry, N.H.) at the point position in the second half
The Mount outshot Quinnipiac 50.8 percent (30-59) to 30.6 percent (19-62) in its third straight win over the Bobcats. Quinnipiac shot 77.3 percent (17-22) from the line in the game, but the Mountaineers bested the Bobcats in that category as well, finishing 82.6 percent (19-23) from the stripe.
The Bobcats return to Connecticut when they next play. Quinnipiac will begin a home-and-home weekend series against in-state rival Sacred Heart Thursday, Jan. 4 in Fairfield. The Bobcats and Pioneers will tip-off from the Pitt Center at 5:30 p.m.