Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Outlasts New Hampshire, 62-61

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) scored the game-winning point, in the last two seconds of play, as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team beat New Hampshire, 62-61, in its second game of the Hawk Classic. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 4-8 overall, while the Wildcats fall to 2-9 on the year.

Junior forward Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) led the Bobcats with a game-high 26 points and an additional five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Senior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) recorded her first double-double of the season as she scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Jill McDonald led the Wildcats with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, Quinnipiac outshot New Hampshire 40-33.8 percent from the floor.

New Hampshire went ahead by three points only seconds into the first half as Lauren Wells hit a three pointer. The Bobcats tied the score, 6-6, as Kaminski and Dunbar each scored two points with 16:38 on the clock. Quinnipiac took the lead, 11-10, for its first time in the game, as Kaminski completed a shot from behind the arc with on 15 minutes left to play.

New Hampshire stole back its lead and went ahead by seven points, 19-12, on a 9-1 run. The Bobcats responded with a 6-0 run, as Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored her first three-point field goal of the game with less than 10 minutes to play, to decrease New Hampshire's lead to one point.

The Bobcats came back to tie the Wildcats' 21 points as Jacinda Dunbar finished a layup and a foul shot on Quinnipiac's biggest run of the game, 9-0. In addition, Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va.) each scored their first points of the game on the run. The Bobcats found themselves ahead by six points, 27-21, with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

Quinnipiac entered the second half ahead by one point, 29-28, after New Hampshire went on a 7-2 run at the end of the first. In the first four minutes of the half, Dunbar collected six of the nine points recorded by the Bobcats. Quinnipiac held a seven point advantage, 39-32, with 15 minutes left in the game.

The Bobcats went ahead by eight points, 41-33, its biggest lead of the game, as Dunbar finished a pair of free throws. Freshman Ellen Cannon (Westchester, Pa.) ended a New Hampshire 7-0 run, with a three-pointer, with just over 10 minutes to play.

As both teams continued to battle down the stretch, New Hampshire was able to come back and tie Quinnipiac, 52-52, as Kelsey Hogan finished two shots from the foul line. Soon after, Sarah-Marie Frankenberger made a free throw to take the lead for the Wildcats.

With three minutes remaining, the Bobcats found themselves ahead by two points, 57-55, as they went on a 5-2 run. New Hampshire answered with a 4-2 run to tie the game at 59 points apiece with 1:31 on the clock.
In the last minute of the game, both Kaminski, for the Bobcats, and Lauren Wells, for the Wildcats, made a pair of free throws. The score was tied, 61-61, with two seconds on the clock, as Lailah Pratt found herself at the foul line. Pratt completed one-of-two shots from the line to win the game, 62-61.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays in a Northeast Conference match-up against Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.