Barron Leads Women's Basketball In 59-43 NEC Win At St. Francis (N.Y.)

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) matched a career-high 25 points as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Northeast Conference opponent St. Francis (N.Y.), 59-43, on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Bobcats improve to 10-4 on the year and 2-1 in league action, while head coach Tricia Fabbri earns her 100th career road-win. The Terriers drop to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in the NEC.

In addition to Barron's game-high 25 points, freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) also compiled double digits with 13 points in the conference outing, while sophomore Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) led the Bobcats with six rebounds. Jaymee Veney put up a team-high 11 points for the Terriers.

Barron also led QU in steals with five in total as the Bobcats posted 18 steals and forced 33 turnovers.

Overall, Quinnipiac's final scoring margin of 16 points stands as the highest this season. The Bobcats also shot a season-high 81.5 percent from the free-throw line (22-of-27) while outshooting the Terriers from the floor, 36-to-30.8 percent.

The Bobcats outscored the Terriers inside the paint, 26-to-10, while registering 28 points off turnovers. In addition, Quinnipiac out-rebounded Saint Francis (N.Y.), 36-to-28.

After the Bobcats opened the game with a 7-6 lead, the team went on a 9-0 run to hold a ten-point advantage, its largest of the half, 16-6, midway through the first half. The Terriers' Kim Snauwaert hit a shot from behind the arc to end QU's run and narrow the gap, 16-9, with just under eight minutes to play.

The next eight minutes saw Quinnipiac outscore St. Francis (N.Y.) from the charity stripe, 8-7. The Bobcats' Barron and the Terriers' Veney each added four points to the scoreboard in the last three minutes. Quinnipiac would enter the locker room ahead, 28-20.

Barron was the only player on both sides of the court to post double figures in the first half as she went 6-for-9 from the floor for 16 points.

QU began the second stanza with a 6-3 run in the first five minutes before Saint Francis (N.Y.) answered with a 6-0 run to come within five points of the Bobcats, 34-29, with 13 minutes on the clock. Quinnipiac battled back and responded with a 13-4 run to go ahead by 14 points, 47-33, at 8:01.

After almost two-minutes of scoreless play, Sarah Benedetti scored five consecutive points for the Terriers before the Bobcats recorded six straight points to increase their lead, 53-38, with just less than four minutes to play.

The Bobcats kept possession for the remainder of the game as Warner and Martin combined for the team's final six points, while SFC added five points in the contest's final minutes.

Quinnipiac returns to action when they host LIU Brooklyn in a NEC match-up on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu