Women's Basketball Cruises Past St. Francis (N.Y.), 64-41, In Monday Matinee

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) tossed in a game-high 16 points on Monday afternoon to lead the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team past St. Francis (N.Y.), 64-41, on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 21-7 overall and 13-3 in the Northeast Conference, while the visiting Terriers fall to 3-24, 2-14 in league competition.

In addition the impressive win for the 21-6 Bobcats, the team hosted am autograph session for children on February vacation after the game

The Bobcats' senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) also posted double figures in the scoring column with 14 points, while junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 12 points. Sara Benedetti was the only Terrier to see double digits as she recorded a team-high 10 points on the afternoon.

Quinnipiac outshot St. Francis (N.Y.) with a 36.9 field-goal percentage while holding the Terriers to 28.3 percent from the floor, the third time this season that the Bobcats have held their opponents to under 30 percent overall.

The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Terriers, 54-to-39, the fourth time this year that Quinnipiac has put up at least 50 boards in a contest. QU also compiled 19 points off 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) turnovers, while making 10 steals collectively. Additionally, sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) matched a career-high four blocks as she led the team to six blocks.

QU opened the game with a 6-0 run started by a Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) layup, less than 15 seconds into the contest, and never looked back. At the 18-minute mark, Jaymee Veney put up the first points for the Terriers. Quinnipiac responded with a 12-3 run over the next five minutes to move ahead, 16-7.

After SFC scored seven consecutive points, the Bobcats widened the gap by 20 points, 37-17, after outscoring the Terriers, 21-6, over nine minutes of action.  With 30 seconds remaining, the Terriers' Kim Snauwaert finished a three-pointer to end the half with the Bobcats leading, 37-20.

Martin registered 11 of her 16 points during the first frame, while the Bobcats controlled the paint, 20-6, and scored 10 points on the break.

QU grabbed the momentum at the start of the second half as Goodchild made her second three-point shot of the afternoon with 19:36 on the clock. The Bobcats continued to keep possession as the Terriers wouldn't add to the scoreboard until the 15-minute mark, where QU led, 45-21.

With five minutes left to play, the Bobcats managed to lead by as many as 28 points, 62-34. Saint Francis (N.Y.) outscored QU, 8-2, throughout the remainder of the outing.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Robert Morris in a NEC showdown on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game will be televised on ESPN 3.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu