HAMDEN, Conn. – The top-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will serve as one of four NEC teams to play again on Wednesday night, as the Bobcats defeated the eighth-seeded Bryant University Bulldogs, 79-55, on Sunday in the NEC Quarterfinals at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 28-2 overall and has now matched the most wins in a single season in program history.
The semifinals will take place on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Mount St. Mary's upset Monmouth in the 6/3 match-up and will head to Hamden to take on the Bobcats. Sacred Heart will host Saint Francis University on the other side of the bracket.
Quinnipiac, now winners 20 straight games which is tied for the fifth longest in the nation, was led by four players in double-figures. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) finished with a team-high 13 points, three assists and two steals; Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) matched Barron with 13 points and three rebounds; Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) chipped in with 11 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season; and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) added 10 points and four rebounds. Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) turned in a stellar all-around effort with four points, six rebounds, five assists and a career-high eight steals.
The Bobcats were dominant on both ends of the floor, flirting with two NEC Tournament single-game records. Offensively, Quinnipiac collected 23 assists on the afternoon - falling just two shy of Mount St. Mary's record of 25 (Rider, 3/10/94). On the other side of the ball, the Bobcats picked up 18 steals in the game – which was four steals shy of the record set back in 1995 by Wagner.
Similar to their last regular season meeting, Quinnipiac wasted little time and opened a double-digit lead early on in the game. The Bobcats went up by 12 points, 14-2, over the first five minutes of play - which then ballooned into a 20-point advantage with a 12-4 spurt. Guastella led the Bobcats with eight points at the strength of two, threes, lifting Quinnipiac to a 40-22 lead at the break.
After the intermission, Quinnipiac extended its lead to 27 points with a 19-10 run – and never allowed Bryant to within 19 points for the remainder of the game. The Bobcats forced 27 Bryant turnovers which resulted in 28 points on the other end. Over its last four games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 94-44, in points off turnovers – coming out to 23.5 per game.
Quinnipiac received points from five other players, including a career-best six points from Katie Carroll (Westlake, Ohio). Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) and Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) had seven, Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) finished with five and Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had three.
Bryant, who concludes the 2012-13 season with a 12-18 record, was led by Jenniqua Bailey with 14 points. Naana Ankoma-Mensa finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Danielle Douglas had 11 points.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the NEC Tournament can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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