SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament on Friday evening, as the Bobcats defeated fifth-seeded Canisius College, 72-61, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Bobcats, now 20-11 on the season, will face top-seeded Iona College on Sunday, March 9 at 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac picked up its first playoff win as a member of the MAAC, while also reaching the 20-win plateau for the third straight year. It marked the eighth 20-win season in program history and served as the fifth under head coach Tricia Fabbri. Fabbri upped her career win total to 293 at Quinnipiac.
Four Bobcats finished in double-figures offensively, led by Camryn Warner's (Keene, N.H.) 17-point outburst. Warner matched a career-high with her point total as she went 6-of-8 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long range and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. She also added seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
Joining Warner in double-figures were Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Adily Martucci (Waterford, Conn.). McQuain registered her 10th double-double of the season, bringing in 13 points and 12 rebounds. In the process, McQuain (1,083) passed Jenn Hamilton (1,073) for third place on the all-time rebounding list at Quinnipiac. McQuain was 4-of-8 from the floor and added three steals to her stat line.
Martin and Martucci paced the backcourt with 10 points apiece. Martin got six of her points from the free-throw line (6-7), while Martucci connected on five of her seven attempts from the field to collect her third double-digit game of the season.
The Bobcats were dominant on both sides of the ball from the opening whistle. Offensively, Quinnipiac connected on 48.1 percent of its field goal attempts - a number that was inflated by 57.6 percent shooting in the first half. In addition to their offensive prowess, the Bobcats held Canisius to 37.9 percent shooting while forcing 17 Griff turnovers in the game.
Quinnipiac's largest lead of the afternoon came with 3:42 remaining in the first half after a Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) layup. The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-2 lead through the first seven minutes of the stanza, and then bumped the lead to 20 points around the midway point. Quinnipiac carried a 44-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Bobcats maintained their double-digit advantage throughout the second half. Canisius chipped away in the closing minutes, but the game had already been decided by that point. Quinnipiac's edge of plus-14 (41-27) on the glass helped the Bobcats fend off the Griffs.
Abshire finished with six points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists. Abshire (206) remains just six assists shy of tying the Quinnipiac record for most assists in a single season (Maria Holland '86, 212). Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) netted eight points; Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) and Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) had four.
Canisius concluded its season with a 13-17 record. Kayla Hoohuli led all scorers with 23 points going 8-of-16 from the floor. She was 3-of-6 from downtown.
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