January 7, 2011
Women's Basketball Earns Big Road Win At Monmouth, 60-57
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team
won, 60-57, against Monmouth in its third Northeast Conference
match-up of the season. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-8
overall and 3-0 in conference play, while the Hawks fall to 10-4 on
the year and 2-1 in the NEC.
"To date this is our biggest win going forward," said Quinnipiac
head coach Tricia
Fabbri. "Getting a huge, tough-fought road win, against a
talented Monmouth team, who's off to their best start in school
history, and considering the MAC day in front of a tremendous
atmosphere, with over 1,000 people in the stands, shows were really
pointing in the right direction and starting to understand what it
takes to be a team."
Overall, the Bobcats outshot the Hawks, shooting 39.2 percent from
the floor. Junior forward Jacinda
Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored a game-high 19 points to lead the
Bobcats in its third-straight victory. In addition, freshman Brittany
McQuain (Independence, Mo.) compiled a career-high 13 points.
Dunbar, McQuain, and senior Lailah
Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) each pulled-down four rebounds.
Quinnipiac's impressive defensive efforts forced Monmouth to make
22 turnovers, while the Bobcats had only 12 turnovers in the game.
"Our defensive game-plan was the deciding factor in today's game,
said Fabbri. "The girls went out and executed beautifully on
defense and we were able to really shut down their top players in
the second half.
The Bobcats took the lead early, 6-0, with 17:37 on the clock as
Dunbar collected four points and Felicia
Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored two points on the run. The
Hawks responded with a 6-0 run, as Erin Rooney and Alysha Womack
each finished two three-pointers.
Monmouth took an eight point lead, 18-10, its biggest lead of the
game, on a 12-4 run with just under 12 minutes remaining in the
half. Quinnipiac answered with its biggest run of the half, 7-0, as
Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) scored a shot from behind the
Both teams continued to battle down the stretch as neither team
could collect more than two points on a run. With the Hawks ahead,
24-21, with just over three minutes to play, Shelby
Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) scored back-to-back field goals
for the Bobcats to take back the lead by one point. With only five
seconds remaining, Lisa
Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) hit a layup to end the half with
Quinnipiac leading by one point, 27-26.
Overall, Quinnipiac scored 13 points off Monmouth's 10 turnovers
in the first half. The Bobcats' bench continued to play a factor,
scoring 10 points in the first twenty minutes of play. Dunbar led
with 10 points in the first half, while Alysha Womack led the Hawks
with 13 points. The Bobcats went on to hold Womack to only three
points in the second half.
The second half was a game of free throws, as the Hawks scored
15-of-18 points from the foul line, while Quinnipiac compiled
17-of-23 from the line, as Dunbar made 7-of-8 in the second
The Bobcats took their biggest lead of the game, 13 points, as the
scoreboard read 52-39, with just over five minutes to play in the
game. The Hawks came back within two points, 59-57, with 47 seconds
remaining as Gabby Singer hit a shot from behind the arc. With only
seven seconds left to play, senior Courtney
Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) finished a free throw, to end the
Quinnipiac will play Fairleigh Dickinson in a Northeast Conference
contest at the Stratis Arena in Hackensack, N.J. on Monday, Jan. 10
at 7:00 p.m.