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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team outscored Holy Cross by nine points in the second half, but was unable to come back from a 22-point halftime deficit in a 84-71 loss to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
With the loss Quinnipiac falls to 5-6 overall as they wrap up non-conference play. Holy Cross moves to 7-1 on the season. At the moment Quinnipiac holds the eighth toughest strength of schedule in the NCAA.
Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, NJ) and Camryn Warner (Keene,NH) were the leading scorers for Quinnipiac with 14 points each. Holy Cross' Alex Smith led the Crusaders with 31 points while breaking the Patriot League career three-point field goal record in the process. Brittany McQuain (Independence,Mo.) finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati, Ohio) totaled 12 points after converting on 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers down the stretch.
Holy Cross' Alex Smith had a career day in the first half alone with a career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting. She was 6-for-8 from three- point land to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Smith paced a Holy Cross offense that could not be stopped as the Crusaders shot 64.3% (18-22) from the floor, including 9-of-14 from three-point range while converting on all eight attempts from the free throw line.
Holy Cross began the game on a 10-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers by Smith. Quinnipiac's Samantha Guastella (Red Bank,NJ) finally stopped the run with a three of her own with 17:29 left to go in the first half.
With 12:51 to play before halftime, Martin hit a three to bring Quinnipiac within five, the closest the Bobcats would get in the first half as a Brisje Malone three-pointer with 10:17 to go put Holy Cross up by 14 points. Holy Cross finished the first half with a 24-17 run, with 13 points coming from Smith, to give the Crusaders a 52-31 leading heading into the intermission.
Quinnipiac started the second half strong, going on a 5-0 run out of the locker rooms before Quinnipiac and Holy Cross traded baskets for the next four minutes. With 11:52 left, Napolitano connected on a three-pointer from the corner bring the score to 61-46.
Following an Emily Parker layup for Holy Cross with 11:52 left, Camryn Warner connected on a pair of free throws. On the next two Quinnipiac possessions, Napolitano connected on a three from the corner with 11:24 left before following with another long-ball 28-seconds later to bring the Bobcats within nine and force a Holy Cross timeout.
Holy Cross maintained at least a nine-point advantage for the next nine minutes. With 1:22 remaining, Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) connected on a three from the top of the key, but the Bobcats were not able to complete the comeback.
Quinnipiac will head to Buffalo for MAAC play as they take on Canisius. Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday, November 21 at 2 PM from Koessler Athletic Center.
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