LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The depth of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference reared its ugly head on Thursday night, but it was the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team who prevailed in a hard fought victory at the Alumni Recreation Center. The Bobcats defeated the Saints of Siena College, 76-66, in Loudonville.
A winner in five of its last six games now, Quinnipiac was once again led by MAAC Player of the Year candidate, Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.). McQuain notched her third straight double-double in the win, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes. She also had three assists, two steals and two blocks, and had seven of her rebounds come on the offensive end. With the 14 points McQuain passed Colleen Klopp '01 (1,307) and former teammate Courtney Kaminski '01 (1,311 ) on the all-time list. McQuain is now 11th all-time with 1,317 career points.
Joining McQuain in double-figures were Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.), Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.). Guastella had 11 points and seven rebounds; Martin had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists; and Abshire finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Quinnipiac trailed for the majority of the game but came through when it mattered most. Trailing by one with 3:51 remaining, the Bobcats closed the game on a 13-3 run to pull away from the hosting Saints. Martin, McQuain and Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati, Ohio) sparked the Bobcats' run, and Quinnipiac made its free-throws in the waning seconds to secure the victory. Martin and Napolitano had all of their points in the second half.
The difference in the final score came from the results behind the three-point line. Quinnipiac sank 11 of them in the game, compared to just two from Siena. Quinnipiac also mustered a 50-40 edge on the glass, 18 of which came on the offensive end for the Bobcats. QU had 16 second chance points.
Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) finished with nine points and two rebounds despite limited action due to foul trouble. Napolitano knocked down three threes for her nine point night.
Siena capitalized on a rough start offensively from the visiting Bobcats. Quinnipiac connected on just 30.3 percent from the floor and totaled eight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Siena overcame a 1-for-10 showing from behind the arc by shooting 55 percent on field goals inside of the three-point line, and closed the half on a 10-3 run to take a 30-28 lead into the locker room at halftime. Siena later pushed its lead to 10 points, but saw it vanish quickly after back-to-back threes from Martin and Morgan Manz (Southbury, Conn.).
Siena was led by 18 points from Tehresa Coles. Ida Krough finished with 15 and Kelsey Booth had nine. The Saints went 2-of-16 from long range.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 22 for a special day at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats will celebrate Senior Day prior to their 4 p.m. tip-off against Saint Peter's University. Quinnipiac defeated SPU, 71-40, midway through January in their first meeting.
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