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Fairfield, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Fairfield University, 72-71, in an exciting game at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn on Sunday afternoon. The Stags overcame an 11 point halftime deficit and outscored the Bobcats 46-34 in the second half to take the one point victory. Fairfield improves to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in MAAC play. Quinnipiac falls to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Brittany McQuain tallied a double-double for the second straight game. McQuain finished with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting. She also went 7-for-8 from the line and pulled down 11 rebounds. With the 11 rebounds McQuain moves past Monique Lee '08 (932) for fourth place on the all-time Quinnipiac rebounding list. McQuain currently has 936 career rebounds.
Gillian Abshire (Washington,DC) tallied five assists while adding nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, NJ) chipped in nine points and pulled down four rebounds.
Over the first 9:52 both Fairfield and Quinnipiac traded baskets. The score was tied on four different occasions in that time and neither team took a lead larger than three points. Martin and Abshire started the first half off hot connecting on threes to pull the Bobcats even with the Stags.
With 10:08 left Martin put the Bobcats ahead by five with a layup. Neither team would score for the next 1:39 until McQuain put the Bobcats ahead by seven with a jumper.
The Stags and Bobcats would trade baskets over the next four minutes. Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek,Denmark) would put the Bobcats up 10 with a jumper with 4:00 minutes remaining in the half. Quinnipiac would finish the last four minutes on a 6-5 run and took a 37-26 lead into the locker rooms.
Martin had 11 points at the half on 4-of-10 shooting. She also went 3-for-4 from three. McQuain had 10 points in the first half after going 4-for-7 from the field. Abshire had nine points in the half on 3-of-4 shooting.
Quinnipiac had a 16-10 points in the paint advantage, a 7-0 points off turnover advantage, and a 7-3 bench points advantage.
The second half was a different story as the Stags were able to claw back into the game. From the 14:39 mark of the second half until the 11:55 mark the Stags went on a 10-4 run to cut the Quinnipiac lead to four.
Fairfield cut the lead to two with a Brittany Obi-Tabot layup with 10:33 remaining. The Stags were able to finally tie the score at the 8:03 mark. Fairfield took their largest lead of the game when they went up 65-60 off an Obi-Tabot free throw with 5:41 left.
With 2:53 left Martin tied the score with a three. Obi-Tabot gave the Stags a lead with a free throw with 2:31 left. The Bobcats and Stags would trade baskets after McQuain scored for Quinnipiac and Obi-Tabot scored for Fairfield with 1:38 left.
With 23 seconds left Martin pulled down a rebound to give Quinnipiac possession and a chance to win the game. The Bobcats had a chance with eight seconds left but were unable to connect. McQuain collected a rebound with just over two seconds left and the Bobcats called a timeout to set up one last possession. Martin took a chance from three as time expired, but was unsuccessful.
Quinnipiac did not have a turnover over the course of the entire second half, but were outscored by 12 in the second half. In the second half Fairfield shot 59.3 percent from the field on 16-of-27 shooting. Obi-Tabot had 15 second half points and finished with 25 overall.
Quinnipiac shot 32.4 percent from the field in the second half on 12-of-37 shooting. The Bobcats shot 35.2 percent overall on 25-for-71 shooting. Quinnipiac was outscored 28-14 in the paint in the second half.
Quinnipiac will travel to Iona on Friday at noon. The Gaels are 4-0 in the MAAC and have won 10 games in a row.
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