Quinnipiac women advance to NCAAs for first time

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- Brittany McQuain scored 14 points to lead top-seeded Quinnipiac to a 72-33 rout of Saint Francis, Pa. in the NEC title game on Sunday, earning the Bobcats their first trip to the NCAA tournament.

Quinnipiac (30-2) has won 22 straight games with the last loss coming on Dec. 29 at Georgia Tech. With their 30th win the Bobcats joined a select group this season reaching that mark. Only Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford have more victories.

The NEC title came in Quinnipiac's final year in the conference as the school is headed to the MAAC next season. The Bobcats will leave in record-setting fashion. It was the most lopsided game in conference history.

Quinnipiac scored 11 of the first 14 points. After Saint Francis (17-15) got within 13-7, the Bobcats went on a 17-5 run to turn the game into a rout. Felicia Barron had seven points during the burst.