HAMDEN, Conn. (Sportzedge) — The Quinnipiac Bobcats started their season with an emphatic statement, defeating mid-major power Florida Golf Coast 66-56. In what is quickly becoming an annual rivalry between these two mid-major powers, the Bobcats finally got the best of the Eagles, who edged Quinnipiac in the first two meetings including a 71-70 overtime thriller in Fort Myers last year.
Quinnipiac had a strong defensive effort in their home opener, holding FGCU to 56 points, and stifled the Eagles three-point attack that ranked sixth in the nation last year in made threes. The Bobcats held the Eagles to 3-for-25 shooting (9.5%) from beyond the arc as their perimeter defense was a huge key in their victory.
Despite tailing 27-26 at the half, Quinnipiac came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 19-10 in the third quarter to hold a 46-36 lead going into the fourth. Despite a FGCU 13-6 run in the final quarter, the Bobcats were able to put the game away as Adily Martucci buried a three with 3:33 to go to give the Bobcats a ten point lead.
Martucci finished the day in a three-way tie for the team’s high scorer with Brittany Johnson and Aryn McClure as the three Bobcats scored 14 points apiece. McClure lead the team in four categories. Not only was she one of the top scorers but also lead the team in rebounds (8), assists (5), and blocks (2).
Quinnipiac hits the road for a two game road trip first traveling to the University of Dayton on November 13th and then heading north to Holy Cross on November 16th.