LEWISTON, N.Y. – Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.), Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.), and Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) all finished in double figures to lead the Quinnipiac women's basketball team past Niagara, 93-78, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston, N.Y. The Bobcats improve to 13-9 overall including an 8-4 mark in MAAC play while Niagara drops to 7-14 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Martin finished with 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting while also adding six rebounds. Martin went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc to pull within one three pointer of fourth place on the all-time Quinnipiac list (Felicia Barron '13- 127 career).
Guastella finished with her third double-double of the season and the sixth of her career on the strength of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cannon added a career high 17 points after going 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Guastella scored five straight points to start the game for Quinnipiac over the first two minutes to force a Niagara timeout. Quinnipiac went on an 11-8 run over the next four minutes and twelve seconds to take a 16-8 lead with 11:51 left in the first half.
With 6:15 left in the half Martin knocked down a three to cut the lead to 26-19. Martin would connect on her next three pointer to cut the Niagara lead to four.
With 4:24 left in the half Brianah Ramos (Montgomery, NY) knocked down a three of her own to put Quinnipiac ahead 28-26 as she capped off a 12-0 Bobcats run. Quinnipiac and Niagara would trade baskets over the next four minutes as the Purple Eagles headed into the locker rooms with a 41-38 lead.
At the half Martin was the game's leading scorer with 13 points. Guastella had a first half double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Niagara held the edge in shooting in the first half shooting 50 percent (13-for-26) as compared to Quinnipiac's 36.4 percent (12-for-33). Quinnipiac held a 21-17 rebounding edge and were 9-of-10 from the line in the first half.
In the second half, Quinnipiac started to really click offensively. Quinnipiac opened the half on another 5-0 run after jumpers from Guastella and Martin.
With 13:46 left Cannon would begin to catch fire. She connected on her first of five three pointers to tie the game at 50. 29 seconds later Cannon added another three point jumper to put the Bobcats up 53-50. With 11:15 left Cannon knocked down another trifecta to put Quinnipiac up 60-55.
Quinnipiac would close the final seven minutes on a 14-8 run. In the second half Quinnipiac shot 45.5 percent from the field. The Bobcats connected on 8-of-14 three pointers and shot 81 percent from the charity stripe.
Quinnipiac will travel to West Long Branch, N.J. when they face a familiar foe, the Monmouth Hawks, on Friday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for at 7 p.m. at the Multipurpose Activity Center.
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