NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell, 78-59, to the University of Southern California, a PAC-10 team, on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 0-5, while the Women of Troy improve to 4-2 on the season
Quinnipiac's Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) led the Bobcats, as she collected her first career double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds on the game. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a team-high 11 points and added six assists against USC. Overall, the Bobcats had a .368 field goal percentage.
Quinnipiac played a solid first-half, as the team shot 44.4 percent from the floor, while USC shot 31.4 percent. The Bobcats went 4-8 from behind the arc and 7-9 from the line in the half. Barron led Quinnipiac with nine points and two assists (Springfield, Mass.). In addition, McQuain pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Ashley Corral led the Trojans with nine points and five assists.
The Bobcats took the lead early as they went on an 8-2 run, less than two minutes into the first half, as Barron and Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) each hit a three-point field goal on the drive.
After USC took its second lead of the half, Quinnipiac went up by four as it went on a 6-0 run with 13 minutes on the clock. The Women of Troy came back on a 13-2 drive to take the lead, 24-17.
The Bobcats responded as Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) added three points, scoring her second three-pointer of the season. McQuain, Quinnipiac's top rebounder, followed making two free-throws.
Quinnipiac continued to battle with the PAC-10 opponent for the remainder of the half. After an intentional foul, Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) sank two free-throws to help the Bobcats come back and tie the game before halftime, 35-35.
Five minutes into the second half, the Bobcats found themselves down by three as the score read 45-41. Quinnipiac's Sferra made her first three-point field goal this season, after McQuain scored a fast-break layup and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) collected her sixth point of the game, on the drive.
The Women of Troy kept control of the ball as they went on an 11-3 run midway through the half. Dunbar scored all three points for the Bobcats on the run. USC remained ahead, 59-47, with 8:16 remaining in the game.
The Bobcats went on a 7-0 run late in the half, to narrow the gap, 61-55. USC went ahead by 20 points, its biggest lead of the game, with just under two minutes left to play. Quinnipiac scored another three points before the game ended with a 78-59 result.
Quinnipiac plays its second home game of the season against Vermont on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start.