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ALBANY, N.Y. – Gillian Abshire (Washington,DC), Jasmine Martin(Sicklerville,NJ), Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark),Camryn Warner(Keene,NH), and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank,New Jersey) all scored in double figures as Quinnipiac handed Albany their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon in Albany, 74-53.
Albany was ranked No. 4 in the most recent College Insider Mid-Major Poll while Quinnipiac was ranked No. 24. The loss was the first home loss for Albany since November 9, 2012. Albany falls to 8-1 while Quinnipiac improves to 5-5.
Albany came into the game only allowing 58.1 points per game. The Great Danes had outscored their opponents by 16.8 points per game coming into the game. Quinnipiac's 21 point win was their largest margin of victory this season as they continue on in their impressive schedule so far this season. Of the ten opponents Quinnipiac has played so far this year, six of them made the NCAA tournament last season.
Martin finished with 16 points and had three assists. Abshire had 13 points and four assists and was 5-6 from the line. Warner had 12 points, four rebounds, and two blocks. She went 5-8 from the field while going 2-2 from beyond the arc. Ostergaard had 11 points and went 5-7 from the field. Guastella finished with a near double double with 10 points and eight assists.
Quinnipiac came out firing in the first half connecting on seven first half three pointers. Abshire got the Bobcats started connecting on two early three pointers as the Bobcats took a 10-4 lead right out of the gate.
The nation's 12th leading scorer Shereesa Richards (23.5 ppg) brought the Great Danes back into the game as she connected on a three with 12:51 left in the first half to cut the Bobcats lead to one.
Martin would connect on consecutive three pointers while Guastella added a three of her own to pull the Bobcats ahead by seven with 9:59 left in the first half.
With 3:45 left Ostergaard connected on consecutive layups to pull the Bobcats ahead by double digits and put Quinnipiac in the driver's seat. Quinnipiac would have a double digit lead with 22 seconds left in the first half and Brittany McQuain (Independence,Mo.) came up with a steal and Quinnipiac called for a timeout.
After the timeout Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) was left wide open in the corner. Martin dished off to Cannon who knocked down the three to put Quinnipiac up 14 at the end of the first half.
Shereesa Richards cut the lead to single digits with 15:41 left. Ostergaard put the Bobcats back up by double digits one minute later with a layup and Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed with a three pointer to put Quinnipiac up 14.
Sarah Royals and Erin Coughlin hit back to back jumpers with 7:52 to pull Albany to their smallest deficit since the 5:42 mark of the first half. A six point deficit would be the closest the Great Danes would get for the rest of the game.
With 6:45 left Warner was left open and knocked down a three to pull the Bobcats ahead by nine. Quinnipiac would not look back as they continued to connect from the line. The Bobcats moved ahead by 17 after two McQuain free throws with 1:43 left. Martin and Abshire finished off the scoring with a pair of free throws each as Quinnipiac went on to win 74-53.
Quinnipiac finished the game shooting 40.4% from the field and 82% from the line. The Bobcats will be back on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Holy Cross. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 am.