November 27, 2010

Women's Basketball Loses To No. 22 Vanderbilt, 111-53

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Quinnipiac women's basketball team lost, 111-53, against nationally ranked Vanderbilt on Friday evening. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 0-4 on the season, while the Commodores, who are ranked 22nd in the Coaches' Poll and 24th in the AP rankings, improve to 3-1 overall.

Quinnipiac was led by senior captain Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.), who scored 14 points and added an assist and a rebound. Two Vanderbilt players recorded double-doubles on the game. Tiffany Clarke scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Elan Brown scored 18 points and collected 10 rebounds.

"I thought we played a great first half," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "Despite the loss, I thought we played hard and together, as a team.

The first half ended with Vanderbilt ahead, by 16 points, 45-29. Jann led Quinnipiac with nine points, as she made three three-point field goals in the half. In addition, Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored eight points, while Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) and Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) each pulled down four rebounds in the half. Three different players each scored nine points in the first twenty minutes for Vanderbilt, as the team ended the half with a .394 field goal percentage.

Down 4-0 in the first minute of the game, the Bobcats came back with a 7-0 run to take the lead. Quinnipiac scored its first two points of the game as Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) scored a two-pointer with 18:11 on the clock. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) went on to score the first three-pointer of the game, which was followed by a jump shot by Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.).

Quinnipiac continued to stay ahead of Vanderbilt, as the score read 13-6 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The Commodores came back adding five points, tying the game at 13-13 with 11:29 on the board.

Later in the half, Vanderbilt went on a 14-2 and then a 13-1 run to put them ahead by 14 points, with the score reading 33-19 with only five minutes left. Quinnipiac was able to add seven more points, but was unable to catch up to the Commodores.

Vanderbilt widened the gap in the second half, with the score reading 61-35 in the first five minutes, as the Commodores went on a 17-3 drive. Vanderbilt continued to keep control of the ball as it went on its longest run of the game, 26-0, with less than eight minutes remaining. The Bobcats finished the game strong, as Lisa Lebak (Robinsville, N.J.) came through, scoring five points from the line.

Quinnipiac will face either USC or Princeton, depending on tonight's results, as the Bobcats continue tournament play in the consolation game on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Noon.