LORETTO, Pa. – Senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) collected a career-high of 28 points, leading the Bobcats to an 85-69 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday night at DeGol Arena. Sophomore Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J) added 21 points as Quinnipiac improved to 15-2 overall - including a 6-0 mark in NEC competition - and continue the program's best start since the 2007-08 campaign.
"I just thought our defense was so fantastic in the first half," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. "Into the second half we came out a little bit soft, we weren't able to rebound and gave up some scores and they made it a game. We're going to see that when it's the top two teams in the conference according to the standings, they are going to have an answer. I couldn't be happier with how we handled it and how we stayed composed."
Barron went 10-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from the free-throw line, and snatched a team-high seven steals in the triumph. Martin picked up her 20-point performance on a 7-of-18 night from the field, 5-of-7 from the stripe, and grabbed five rebounds. Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) and Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) paced the front court, combining for 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) composed a steady offense with seven points and game-high eight assists.
Back and forth from the start of the first half, the Red Flash maintained control for much of the opening stanza. However, Warner capped off a monstrous 18-1 run with 3:40 left to play, allowing the Bobcats to carry a 42-25 advantage into the locker room. Barron led the Bobcats with 11 points in the first half and led a defensive unit that forced 22 turnovers before the halftime whistle.
After the break, the Red Flash mounted a furious comeback with a 19-1 run; but resilient as always Quinnipiac battled back with a surge of its own. The Bobcats closed out the game with a 19-9 run, which was capped off by a Barron layup in the waning minutes.
Quinnipiac's defense was relentless all game, forcing 31 SFU turnovers (20 steals), which resulted in 29 points on the other end. The Bobcats also held the Red Flash to 41.7 percent from the floor and gathered a 10-2 edge in fast break points.
Junior Alli Williams, who leads the NEC in scoring, carried the Red Flash with 29 points and 13 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.
Quinnipiac garnered its first win in Loretto, Pa. since the 2007-08 campaign. Quinnipiac improved to 9-17 in the all-time series and is now 2-1 in their last three meetings.
The Bobcats will return to the court on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. against the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson. Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on SNY-TV. The Knights are off to an 8-8 start and is 3-2 in NEC action.
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