December 29, 2010
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
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
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.