MORAGA, Calif. – Freshman Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored two points in the final seconds of play to lead the Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team to a 64-62 win against Big Ten opponent Minnesota on Friday evening in its first game of the Saint Mary’s Concord Hilton Classic. With the victory, the Bobcats improve to 2-2 on the year, while the Gophers drop to 3-3 overall.
Redshirt junior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the game with 18 points, while three other Bobcats also scored in double figures, including Martin with 13 points, Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), who tallied 12 points and a team-high 12 boards for her tenth career double-double, and Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa), who scored a season-high 10 points. Three Gophers also scored in double digits, including Minnesota’s Katie Loberg, who compiled a team-high 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Quinnipiac opened the game with a 14-9 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Minnesota then went on a 9-0 run across four minutes to take back the lead, 18-14, with nine minutes to play.
Thirty seconds later, Bobcats’ freshman Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) ended the Gophers’ run as she drained a three-pointer to help Quinnipiac come within one point of Minnesota, 18-17. Quinnipiac took back the advantage, 19-18, as Barron stole the ball and completed a fast-break lay-up with six minutes on the clock.
After Minnesota went on a 4-3 run, sophomore forward Brittany McQuain finished both of her free-throw attempts to tie the game at 23-23 with four minutes left. After the Gophers scored four straight points, Barron made another critical steal and assisted senior Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) who added two points to bring Quinnipiac ahead, 28-27, with three minutes on the clock. Minnesota’s Loberg then completed a free throw to tie back the game at 28 points even.
In the last two minutes of the half, Minnesota went on a 6-3 run to enter the second stanza with a three-point advantage, 34-31.
In first-half play, Quinnipiac’s Barron led both sides with 12 points, while Loberg collected a team-high 10 rebounds and 11 points.
After two scoreless minutes, Quinnipiac’s Goodchild nailed a three-point field goal to even the score at 34-34. The Bobcats then jumped ahead by one point as freshman Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) made a free throw with 17:12 remaining.
With 16 minutes left to play, the Gophers scored their first two points of the second half to come back, 36-35. Both teams continued to trade baskets, as the score read 44-44 on the scoreboard midway through the second half. In the next five minutes, Minnesota went on a 9-7 run to hold a two-point advantage over Quinnipiac. However, the Gopher’s lead was short lived as the Bobcats’ evened the score, 53-53 on a Jasmine Martin lay-up at 5:22.
With just under two minutes on the clock, the Gopher’s found themselves ahead by one point, 59-58, as both teams continued to battle in the final minutes of play. Quinnipiac’s Goodchild found herself on the line at 1:20, where she tied the game as she made a free throw.
Minnesota’s Buford added three points to take back the lead, 62-59, but Quinnipiac’s McQuain would score her own three points to even the score again with just under a minute to play. Martin would give Quinnipiac the final two-point lead over Minnesota as she drilled a jumper with less than two seconds on the clock.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays in the championship game of the Saint Mary’s Concord Hilton Classic on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Bobcats will either play Saint Mary’s at 10 p.m. (ET) or Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. (ET), depending on the result of their game on Friday night. For the latest updates, scores and highlights, please visit the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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