Women’s basketball scores historic victory in NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2017

The 12 seed Quinnipiac women’s basketball team scored a major upset in a historic victory over 5 seed Marquette on March 18 in Florida

The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team scored a historic victory and major upset on March 18 — as the 12 seed Bobcats defeated 5 seed Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Leading the entire game, Quinnipiac stunned Marquette, defeating the 2017 BIG EAST Champion Golden Eagles, 68-65, earning the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history. In the process, the Quinnipiac women's basketball team also became the first female sports team in the University's history to win an NCAA Tournament game. It was also the first time in program history the team beat a nationally ranked team.

“When we won the MAAC Championship close to two weeks ago, I told my young ladies to enjoy the moment, because you never know,” said head coach Tricia Fabbri postgame. “We worked very hard to win that title. But I also said, ‘Don’t be satisfied.’ We weren't finished yet.”

The underdog Bobcats advanced to the Round of 32 in Miami where Quinnipiac will face the host No. 4 seed Miami on Monday night.

Making history certainly was not easy. Facing a Marquette team that came in averaging nearly 80 points per game (79.3, 14th-highest scoring team in NCAA), the Bobcats stymied a strong Golden Eagle squad (one that came in winners of eight straight games) throughout the game and made dynamic plays.

Rewriting the record books at Quinnipiac, this Bobcat squad becomes the third program in school history to win an NCAA Tournament game — joining men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse.

Read more at quinnipiacbobcats.com

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