January 5, 2011

Women's Basketball Defeats Mount St. Mary's, 77-65

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) scored a game-high 23 points as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team won its second Northeast Conference game of the season against Mount St. Mary's, 77-65, Tuesday night. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while the Mountaineers fall to 3-10 on the year and 0-2 in the NEC.

Overall, the Bobcats shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 77.8 % (28-36) from the free throw line. The Quinnipiac bench once-again made an impressive impact in the win, as 11 different players scored for the Bobcats for the fifth time in the team's first 13 games.

In addition to scoring a season-high 23 points, Kaminski also recorded eight rebounds, a block and a steal against the Mount. Junior Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) posted 14 points, six rebounds, an assist and three steals in the victory. Felicia Barron collected six steals, while adding nine points. Despite the loss, three Mountaineers scored in double-figures including Mary Dunn (17), Kayla Grossett (15) and Tara Lonergan (12).

The first half saw 12 lead changes, with Quinnipiac taking the biggest lead of the half, four points, at the three minute mark, before closing the half with a two point lead, 35-33. Kaminski scored 13 of her 23 points in the first half, converting on 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. As a team, the Bobcats converted 10-of-11 shots from the foul line in the first twenty minutes of play. Mount St. Mary's hit 4-of-7 from the three-point range in the first half, as Dunn hit both of her three-point attempts in route to twelve points at the break.

Dunn was held at just five points down the stretch to finish with 17 for the game. Kaminski had 10 points and five rebounds in the second half down the stretch while Dunbar dropped in 10 points in the second half as well, on her way to a 14-point night. The difference in the game was the 18-for-25 shooting from the free-throw line in the second half and 26-of-38 shooting for the game, while Mount St. Mary's hit 12-19 from the charity stripe.

A layup by Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) at the 12-minute mark tied the game at 48-48. Quinnipiac never looked back from that point, holding the lead for the remainder of the game. They eventually pushed their lead to 12 points with less than a minute to play.

The Bobcats return to action when they take on Monmouth University on Friday, January 7, at 12:00 p.m. at the Multipurpose Athletic Center in West Long Branch, N.J.