The Quinnipiac College Bobcats could have graduated 4 of their high 5 scorers off final 12 months’s 21-9 staff, nevertheless it didn’t matter on Monday evening.
The Bobcats shot 50.9 % from the ground together with a 6-for-13 displaying from past the 3-point arc, operating their document to 4-0 towards the College of Maine’s Black Bears with a season-opening 70-57 victory on the M&T Financial institution Area in Hamden, Connecticut.
Six-foot-three freshman ahead/middle Anna Foley made a formidable faculty debut, scoring a game-high 21 factors, grabbing 5 rebounds, dispensing 4 assists and blocking two photographs.
Junior guard and captain Jackie Grisdale, the one returning full-time starter, contributed 17 factors and two assists; six-foot-three sophomore ahead Ella O’Donnell produced 16 factors, 5 rebounds and two assists and freshman guard Karson Martin chipped in with 9 factors and 4 assists.
O’Donnell began half the video games final 12 months and was chosen to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Convention Rookie Crew.
Foley shot 9-for-16 from the ground, O’Donnell was 5-for-9 and Grisdale was 6-for-11 together with a 4-for-8 efficiency from lengthy distance.
Graduate pupil guard Anne Simon paced UMaine with 11 factors and 6 rebounds; junior ahead Adrianna Smith had 10 factors and a game-high 9 rebounds together with three assists and sophomore guard Sarah Talon had 10 factors and 4 rebounds.
Junior guard Sera Hodgson completed with 9 factors.
Senior Caroline Bornemann had six factors and 6 rebounds and freshman ahead Caroline Dotsey had 4 factors and 6 rebounds in 11 minutes throughout her faculty debut.
UMaine shot simply 35.8 % from the ground and a dismal 16 % past the 3-point arc.
Smith, the 2022-23 America East Participant of the 12 months, and Simon, the 2021-22 AE Participant of the 12 months and Defensive Participant of the 12 months, fouled out within the fourth quarter. Every shot 33 % from the sector.
The hosts broke the sport open with a 14-0 run on the finish of the third quarter to construct a 14-point lead and UMaine by no means recovered.
Simon’s layup tied it 40-40 with 5:06 left within the third earlier than the Bobcats started their decisive run.
Quinnipiac made their final seven photographs of the interval, three apiece by Foley and O’Donnell, whereas UMaine went 0-for-5 throughout that span and turned the ball over 3 times.
Talon hit a free throw on the finish of the quarter to finish the scoreless drought.
“They actually damage us with their threes and also you’re not going to win any video games if you happen to shoot 16 % on your threes,” mentioned UMaine head coach Amy Vachon to Black Bear Sports activities Properties/Van Wagner play-by-play man Don Shields after the sport.
“We couldn’t get any stops. We’ve to be higher, defensively. Seventy factors is simply too many,” Vachon added. “And you’ll’t have your two finest gamers foul out.”
“They shot 50 % from the ground and 47 % past the [3-point] arc. They deserved to win,” mentioned Vachon. “We shall be higher, offensively.”
UMaine will journey to Philadelphia to tackle LaSalle College on Thursday at 4:30 earlier than returning to Orono to play UMass on Sunday at 1 in its dwelling opener on the Memorial Health club.
Quinnipiac will go to Harvard for a 2 p.m. recreation on Sunday.