HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) recorded her 12th career double-double as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated the University of Massachusetts, 66-63, on Tuesday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 4-2 on the year, while the Minutewomen drop to 1-5 overall.
Three Bobcats posted double-figures, including McQuain who registered a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored 11 points and pulled down five boards on the night. Massachusetts' Jasmine Watson led the game with 18 total points.
Quinnipiac forced 22 turnovers in the non-conference contest, which resulted in 26 points on the other end. In addition, the Bobcats' bench accounted for a third of the team's total points, combining for 24 points in total. Overall, Quinnipiac out-rebounded UMass, 49-to-44. The Bobcats' 22 offensive rebounds led to 16 second-chance points.
The two teams went back and forth exchanging baskets throughout the first ten minutes of play. After a pair of free throws from Quinnipiac's Martin, Massachusetts rallied off eight straight points to take a five point lead, 18-13, with 8:26 on the clock.
Quinnipiac responded with a 7-0 run, which was sparked by McQuain's layup at the seven-minute mark, to go ahead by two points, 20-18, with just under six minutes to play. UMass closed out the half on a 16-11 run, granting the visiting Minutewomen a mere three-point advantage, 34-31, at the break.
Warner led the Bobcats with seven points during the first half, while she and freshman Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) each pulled down five rebounds. The Minutewomen's Watson paced the half with 10 points.
After Quinnipiac went on a 4-0 run over the first few minutes of the second stanza, UMass registered six consecutive points to go ahead, 40-35. The Minutewomen's run was broke as freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) knocked down two from the charity stripe with 16:18 to play.
Quinnipiac continued to keep possession as it scored an additional six points to hold a three-point lead over UMass, 43-40. The Minutemen's Emilie Teuscher drained a three-pointer to tie back the game with 14 minutes on the clock.
The two teams traded baskets over the next ten minutes until the 3:51 mark when Warner granted the home team a 62-61 lead. The Bobcats opened up a four-point advantage, 64-61, after a free throw from junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) with 1:59 showing on the clock. UMass cut its deficit to just two points, but a strong defensive stand by the Bobcats disallowed the Minutewomen to tie the score. McQuain added a point from the free-throw line in the final seconds to give Quinnipiac the 66-63 win for the team's fourth straight victory.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it opens Northeast Conference play against Bryant University on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Noon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
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