Hamden, Conn. – Quinnipiac senior guard Felicia Barron scored a game-high 13 points to go along with six steals and four assists to lead the Bobcats to a 61-49 triumph over Holy Cross in non-conference basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 7-0 on the season, while the Crusaders slip to 4-5 overall.
Holy Cross freshman guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) scored a team-high 11 points, while junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) posted 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) tallied six points and hauled in a career-best 10 boards.
The Bobcats began the contest strong as they jumped out to the 10-3 lead at the 17:26 mark of the first half. After a Holy Cross timeout, the Crusaders cut into the deficit as they went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to 12-10 with 15:54 on the clock. Mifsud connected on a pair of three-pointers during the surge.
Quinnipiac was able to gain back the offensive momentum as it embarked on an 11-2 rally to go ahead 23-12 at the 8:06 mark of the first half. The Bobcats pushed their edge to 12 points (28-16) with 6:10 on the clock, before the Crusaders chipped away into the lead to trail 33-26 with 91 seconds left in the half. Quinnipiac scored four straight points to head into the locker room ahead by 11 (37-26).
Holy Cross came out of the intermission firing as it went on a 7-2 run over the first 2:41, which made the score 39-33. Malone connected on two layups during the streak. However, the Bobcats countered with an 8-2 rally to go ahead 47-35 at the 13:24 mark of the second half. The two teams traded baskets over the next six minutes as Quinnipiac held its largest lead of the contest (56-42) with 5:53 left in regulation.
The Crusaders worked it back to single-digits, as they trailed 57-48 with 2:56 on the clock, but could not get any closer as the Bobcats would hold on to the victory.
Holy Cross shot 37.3 from the field (19-of-51), while Quinnipiac was held to 33.3 percent shooting (24-of-72). The Bobcats connected on nine three-pointers, while the Crusaders were limited to three treys, with none made in the second half. Holy Cross committed 30 turnovers in the contest compared to Quinnipiac's 17 miscues. The Crusaders held advantages in rebounds (52-40), points in the paint (30-22) and second chance points (12-11).
The Crusaders will have 13 days off for final exams, before they travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant at 11:00 a.m.