Women's Basketball Defeats Bryant, 85-74, In Fifth NEC Win Of The Season
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Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team won its
fifth Northeast Conference game of the season against Bryant,
85-74, on Monday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improve to
8-9 overall and 5-1 in the NEC, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-12 on
the year and 2-4 in conference play.
Overall, the Bobcats had four players score in double-figures. Sophomore Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a game-high 22 points and collected five rebounds against the Bulldogs. In addition, senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) recorded 21 points, after a stellar performance against Central Connecticut State on Saturday. Junior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) and freshman Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) each posted 13 points in the win.
Bryant had five different players score in double-figures against Quinnipiac. The Bulldogs were led by Naan Ankoma-Mensa, who scored a team-high 15 points, and Katie Whittington, who collected a double-double, posting 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
Quinnipiac shot a season-high 69.2 percent from the three-point range, as they compiled 9-of-13 three-point baskets, while Bryant hit 4-of-16 three-pointers in the game. The Bobcats also outshot the Bulldogs from the free-throw line, making 24-of-36 foul shots. Kaminski made all five free throws, while Barron scored six-of-seven points from the line.
The Bobcats took control of the game, only seconds into the first half, as Kaminski scored a basket from behind the arc. From that point on, Quinnipiac never looked back and stayed ahead of Bryant the remainder of the contest.
With 9:53 on the clock, the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run, as Kaminski scored two three-pointers and another two free throws, resulting in a 25-14 Quinnipiac lead. Late in the half, the score read, 46-26, as the Bobcats went ahead by 20 points, its biggest lead of the game, with just over a minute to play. Together, Meredith Soper and Whittington added three points to the Bulldogs' score, as the half ended in a Quinnipiac 16-point lead, 46-30.
Kaminski and Barron led the Bobcats in the first half, as they strung together 12 points and 15 points, respectively. The team went 7-for-7 from three-point territory, as Kaminski and Barron collectively made five shots from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs narrowed the gap by 10 points, 52-42, only two minutes into the second half, as Whittington scored a three-pointer. Bryant came within four points of the Bobcats' score with 11:34 to play and again with nine minutes remaining in the game.
Quinnipiac followed with a 16-6 run, to take back the lead 77-61, with just over four minutes on the clock. Both teams battled down the stretch, however the Bobcats would go on to win their sixth home-game this season, 85-74.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md., followed by Wagner on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.