January 16, 2014

Quinnipiac Rolls Past Saint Peter's, 71-40

Jersey City, N.J. – Paced by a 14-0 run to start the game and a game high 20 points from Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) the Quinnipiac women's basketball team defeated Saint Peter's, 71- 40, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. The Bobcats improve to 10-8 overall including a 5-3 mark in MAAC play while Saint Peter's drops to 3-12 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds while Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) tallied 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Katie Carroll (West Lake, Ohio) chipped in with career highs with seven points and six rebounds. Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) finished with six points and six assists. With the six assists she moved past Megan Bethal '98 for 5
th place on the all-time Quinnipiac assists list.

Quinnipiac dominated Saint Peter's in every statistical category. The Bobcats held the advantage in the paint (30-10), scoring off turnovers (28-9), second chance points (17-11), fast break points (15-0), and bench points (26-11). The 31 point margin is Quinnipiac's largest margin of victory since Quinnipiac defeated St. Francis University, 72-33, in the NEC Championship on March 17, 2013.

Quinnipiac put the pedal to the metal from the opening tip. Off the tip Abshire passed to a wide open Martin in the frontcourt who gave the Bobcats the lead four seconds into the game. Quinnipiac would score 12 more points over the next seven minutes without surrendering a Saint Peter's basket.

The Bobcats did not let Saint Peter's reach double digits until there were 39 seconds left in the first half. Quinnipiac would head into the locker room up 30-15. In the first half, Quinnipiac forced 15 St. Peter's turnovers. Martin was the leading scorer at the half with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting. Ostergaard was right behind Martin with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Saint Peter's started the second half on a 6-2 run cutting the Bobcats lead to 11, but that would be the closest the Peacocks would get for the rest of the game. Over the final 14 minutes Quinnipiac would close the game on a 29-13 run. Quinnipiac would have 13 players enter the game. Nine players would score for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac will return to Hamden on Saturday when they host the Siena Saints at 1 PM at the TD Bank Sports Center.

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