Women's Basketball Falls In Regular-Season Finale Against Monmouth, 62-56

HAMDEN, Conn. - Three Bobcats posted double-doubles, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost to Monmouth, 62-56, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Monday night. The Bobcats drop to 14-15 on the season and 11-7 in the Northeast Conference, while the Hawks improve to 21-8 overall and 13-5 in conference play. Seventh-seeded Quinnipiac will travel to West Long Branch, N.J., to face No. 2 Monmouth in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5.

Three different Bobcats recorded double-doubles, the first time a Quinnipiac trio accomplished the feat this season. Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) picked up her seventh double-double of the year, scoring a team-high 15 points and pulling down 10 boards. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) put up 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) collected 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. The Hawks were led by Alysha Womack, who scored a game-high 17 points, while Abby Martin led Monmouth with nine rebounds.

Monmouth dominated the first half, maintaining a lead on the Bobcats after the 16:45 mark, when the Hawks took a 6-4 advantage over Quinnipiac. The Hawks held its first double-digit advantage, 16-6, with 11:40 on the clock.

The Bobcats narrowed the gap to five points at two different times down the stretch. Monmouth held its second five-point lead at the 4:47 mark, 27-22. The Hawks outscored the Bobcats, 10-5, in the last few minutes of the first half, as Womack and Alexis Canady drained back-to-back three-pointers, to take an 11-point lead, 37-26, at the break.

Monmouth held its biggest lead of the game, 15 points, during the first half. McQuain compiled nine points and six rebounds in the first twenty minutes of play, while Martin and Erin Rooney each chipped in 10 points.

The Hawks continued to stay in front of the Bobcats in the second stanza, leading by 14 points, 46-32, with just under 15 minutes on the clock. Quinnipiac responded with a 15-2 run to close to within one point of Monmouth, 48-47, on Kaminski's three-point play at the seven-minute mark.

Monmouth's Gena Broadus nailed a crucial jumper to break Quinnipiac's momentum and take a 50-47 lead with four minutes remaining in the game. The Hawks increased their lead to nine points, 58-49, with just over a minute to play.

Quinnipiac outshot Monmouth 40.0 percent (26-65) to 39.3 percent (24-61) from the floor and 75 percent (3-4) to 57.1 percent (8-14) from the free-throw line. The Bobcats also outrebounded the Hawks, 46-35.