HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) registered a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday evening, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team dropped its final non-conference game to Saint Joseph's University, 71-54, on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. Both teams moved to 9-4 on the season with the result.
Guastella finished with a team-high five field goals which included two from long range. Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) added nine points and Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) chimed in with seven. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded six and three others had three.
St. Joseph's raced out to a blistering start in this one, as the visiting Hawks boasted a 16-2 lead through the first seven minutes. The Hawks went 7-of-9 from the floor during that span, opposed the just 1-of-8 from the Bobcats.
QU battled back with a full court press and managed to cut the deficit to 10 points after a pair of free-throws from Martin. However, shooting woes continued to plague the Bobcats, whereas Saint Joseph's sustained its success on the offensive end. The Hawks shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the stanza en route to a 44-25 lead at the break.
Quinnipiac fought vigorously to get back into the game but struggled to find a rhythm offensively. The Bobcats connected on just 25 percent of their field goals, the lowest percentage of the season. Saint Joseph's also controlled the glass, 48-38, and points in the paint, 30-24.
The QU pressure did prove to be effective though, as the Bobcats forced 15 turnovers that resulted in 11 points on the other end. Quinnipiac also fared well from the free-throw line, going 14-18 for a 78 percent clip.
Ashley Prim and Samira Van Grinsven each finished with 12 points for the Hawks. Nine different players appeared in the scoring column in the team's fourth consecutive win.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood on Saturday, January 7, when the team resumes Northeast Conference play at St. Francis (N.Y.). Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
Contact: Lindsay Oliveri; Lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu