Strong Defensive Effort Lifts Women's Basketball Over CCSU, 58-49

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Three Bobcats registered double-figures in the scoring column on Wednesday night, as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Central Connecticut State, 58-49, at the TD Bank Sports Center. QU's defense was the driving force behind the victory, holding the visiting Blue Devils to 34.5 percent shooting en route to its eighth win over its last nine games. With the triumph, the Bobcats improve to 19-6 overall and 11-3 in the Northeast Conference.

Offensively, the Bobcats were led by Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.), as the freshman guard poured in 15 points to go along with three rebounds and an assist. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) chimed in with 12 points, while Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) nearly collected a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.    

The first half featured a closely played match until the clock ticked just inside of four minutes. Martin knocked down two free-throws from the line, which sparked a 10-2 run to close out the stanza. Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) capped off the surge with a pair from the line, granting the hosting Bobcats a 30-22 lead at the break.

Martin led the way with a stellar opening 20 minutes. She tossed in nine points and grabbed three rebounds, leading the Bobcats to a 44.4 percent clip from the field. McQuain had six points and six rebounds, helping QU to a 12-4 advantage in the paint.

After the intermission, the Blue Devils came out of the locker room with the better of the play early on. CCSU chopped its deficit to just three points after a jumper from Jaclyn Babe. With 9:36 seconds remaining in regulation the Bobcats were clinging to a 40-37 advantage.

However, Quinnipiac responded quickly, as the home team boasted its second 10-2 run in the game to open an 11-point margin. Martin and Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) connected on clutch free-throws in the waning minutes, allowing the Bobcats to capture their seventh win on Lender Court.

The Bobcats' defense was the story of the game, as their effort behind the ball posed as the deciding factor. QU forced 22 turnovers on the night, resulting in 19 points on the other end. In addition to its defense, QU's bench play was key as well. The Bobcats controlled a 27-7 advantage from their reserves.

Guastella was next in line on the box score, totaling seven points and five rebounds. Warner added five and four others scored in the performance. 

The Blue Devils, now 11-14 overall and 5-9 in the league, will make the long trek out to Pennsylvania this weekend. CCSU was led by Jaclyn Babe, who finished with 15 points in the contest.

QU is back in action on Feb. 18 with a trip to New York to take on LIU Brooklyn. The Bobcats look to avenge their lost earlier in the season with a 2 p.m. tip-off in Brooklyn.  

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri; lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu