HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Conn.) shattered a Quinnipiac Division I single-game record with 12 steals on Saturday afternoon, as the women's basketball team handed Bryant University a 67-56 loss in their Northeast Conference opener at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats tallied 20 steals, the most since Quinnipiac compiled 21 steals at Sacred Heart on February 25, 2006.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-2 on the year and 1-0 in NEC play, while the Bulldogs drop to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
Barron finished with 16 points, going 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-8 from behind the arc, while freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) added a game-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) recorded her 13th career and sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Bobcats forced 27 turnovers that led to 20 points on the other end. In addition, Quinnipiac combined for 17 assists and nine blocks on the afternoon. The home team's bench also scored 22 points, accounting for a third of the team's total offense.
Quinnipiac took its first lead of the half, 13-12, when it went on a 6-0 run sparked by a Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) layup at the 15-minute mark. Both teams continued to trade baskets, but the Bobcats would add four points to the scoreboard to go ahead, 27-24, a result of back-to-back Barron steals with just under nine minutes to play.
After the Bulldogs evened the score, 27-27, with 7:21 on the clock, Quinnipiac went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to hold an eight-point advantage over Bryant, 37-29, its biggest lead of the half. The Bobcats went on to keep the eight-point lead, 41-33, as the halftime whistle sounded.
Barron and Martin dominated the first half as they scored 13 points and 10 points, respectively.
The Bobcats opened the second half on a 6-0 run to go ahead, 46-33, in the first minute. Bryant's Meredith Soper broke Quinnipiac's run as she finished two shots from the charity stripe at 17:37. Over the next four minutes, the Bobcats increased their advantage, 54-39, topped off as Martin drained a three-pointer with just over 13 minutes to play. After three minutes of scoreless play, Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) knocked down a point from the free-throw line to give Quinnipiac a 16-point lead, 55-39, midway through the half.
Quinnipiac continued to keep possession down the stretch, leading by as many as 25 points as the scoreboard read, 67-42, with 4:12 on the clock. In the last four minutes of the contest, the Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 11 points, 67-56, but couldn't overcome the deficit en route to the Bobcats' first NEC victory of the year.
Three Bulldogs posted double-figures including Naana Ankoma-Mensa who totaled 15 points and 15 boards.
The Bobcats return to action when they host NEC opponent Sacred Heart on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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