HAMDEN, Conn — Brittany McQuain had 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as Quinnipiac University scored 46 second-half points to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit and defeat the Canisius women’s basketball team 65-51 at the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Jamie Ruttle scored a team-high 12 points to along with six rebounds while junior Kayla Hoohuli scored 11 points. Canisius shot 41.5 percent from the floor, shooting better than 40 percent for the 11th time this season, but couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers on the day.
“We really struggle to put together 40 minutes against the teams at the top of the standings in our conference,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “We did what we wanted in the first half, but we didn’t answer the punch that Quinnipiac gave us right at the start of the second half. That’s something that has to change or the results are going to continue to be the same.”
Canisius (9-14, 5-9 MAAC) controlled the first half of the game, holding Quinnipiac to 20 percent from the floor and 2-for-14 from beyond the arc. The Canisius defense frustrated the Bobcats’ offense into taking difficult shots and not getting in an offensive rhythm. The Griffs closed the half on a 12-2 run, including a 10-point spurt featuring back-to-back baskets from senior Jen Lennox, during the final five-plus minutes to take an 30-19 lead into the locker room. Twenty of the Griffs’ 30 first-half points came in the paint as all nine Golden Griffins who played in the first half would score.
McQuain led the Quinnipiac (15-9, 10-4 MAAC) turnaround, sparking the Bobcats on the offensive and defensive ends. The Bobcats scored the first 12 points of the second half and forced Canisius into four turnovers on its first six possessions. The Griffs were scoreless in the second half until a layup from Ruttle gave a one-point lead back to Canisius with 13:30 left. That 32-31 lead would be the last lead of the day for Canisius as the Bobcats extended the run to a 19-2 spurt and went up by six. Canisus stayed within striking distance and trailed 48-42 with eight minutes left. Back-to-back baskets from McQuain and two 3-pointers from Jasmine Martin put the game away.
McQuain had a game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds. Martin had 13 points as Quinnipiac shot 55.2 percent in the second half, including 6-of-11 on 3-pointers.
Canisius will play four of its last six games in the Koessler Athletic Center, starting with Thursday night’s game against Manhattan. Tipoff in the KAC is set for 7 p.m.
Notes: Canisius played at Quinnipiac for the first time in program history… The 11-point halftime lead was the largest of the season for the Griffs… Ruttle scored in double figures for the 13th time… Hoohuli has scored 10 or more points in seven of the last 10 games… Canisius made a season-low one 3-pointer and tied its season-low with nine 3-point field goal attempts… Freshman Laniere Coleman played in the second half, her first appearance since Nov. 22, against Akron… Canisius lost a game it led by double-digits at the half for the first time since Nov. 25, 2008, at Illinois-Chicago when the Griffs led 32-22 and lost 63-59.