Quinnipiac University Bobcats - (6-9, 3-1 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils - (8-6, 1-3 NEC)
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Women Return Home
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team hosts Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats enter Saturday's game coming off a 55-52 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson Monday night. The Blue Devils won their first Northeast Conference contest of the season, 53-33, in their most recent match-up against Saint Francis (N.Y.), also on Jan. 10. Quinnipiac is currently 6-9 on the year and 3-1 in the NEC, while Central Connecticut is 8-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Fundraising For JDRF
The women's basketball team will be hosting a bake sale and accepting donations to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in their support of Team Amanda, at the game on Saturday. For more information, please contact Lori Landino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouting the Blue Devils
After falling to NEC opponents, Fairleigh Dickinson, 51-46, Monmouth, 56-43, and Long Island, 63-51, the Blue Devils won their first conference game of the 2010-11 season against St. Francis (N.Y.), 53-33, on Monday, Jan. 10. Central Connecticut State outshot St. Francis (N.Y.) 45.5-to-22.2 percent in the victory. The team also recorded seven steals and six blocks. Leanne Crockett led the Blue Devils as she collected a double-double, posting 14 points and 12 rebounds. In addition, Kerrianne Dugan compiled 10 points and five rebounds in the win. Overall, Central Connecticut State is 4-1 at home and 4-4 on the road. The team averages 53.1 points per game and 41.5 rebounds per game. The Blue Devils are shooting 35.9 percent from the floor, 58.4 percent from the free-throw line and 23.3 percent from behind the arc. CCSU is led by Dugan, who averages 11.9 points per game, while Crockett averages a team-high 9.6 rebounds per game.
All-Time Against CCSU
Saturday's game marks the 38th meeting between Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 25-12. Prior to a loss against the Blue Devils last season, the Bobcats won 18-straight games against CCSU, dating back to 2001. Last season, the Bobcats went 1-1 with the Blue Devils. Quinnipiac fell, 78-70, on Jan. 23, 2010 as Jacinda Dunbar led Quinnipiac with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Courtney Kaminski scored a game-high 20 points. The Bobcats won, 56-45 on Jan. 14, 2010 and were led by Kaminski who recorded a double-double, compiling 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Live stats, audio, and video of Saturday's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Fans can listen to the game live on WQUN 1220-AM with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats were led by senior center Courtney Kaminski, who collected her second double-double of the 2010-11 season, as they lost, 55-52, at Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, Jan. 10 at the Stratis Arena. Jacinda Dunbar and Felicia Barron also posted double-figures, scoring 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Quinnipiac dropped to 3-1 in the NEC with the loss.
Owning The Offense
The Bobcats' current top scorer is Courtney Kaminski, who averages 11.4 points per game. In addition, Sophomore Felicia Barron averages 10.9 points, while junior Jacinda Dunbar posts 9.5 points per game. Both Barron and Dunbar are ranked in the top-25 of the NEC in points per game average.
NEC's Most Wanted
Felicia Barron is ranked in the top-10 of the Northeast Conference in several categories. The sophomore is ranked fifth in assists, averaging 3.87 per game, and seventh with 2.07 steals per game. In addition, the guard is tied in 10th place for most field goals made (21) and is first in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Magic At Monmouth
The Bobcats won, 60-57, on the road at Monmouth in front of a crowd of over 1,000 people. Quinnipiac outshot the Hawks, shooting 39.2 percent from the floor, while Monmouth shot 28.8 percent from the field. The last time Quinnipiac held its opponent to under a 30 percent field-goal percentage, was last season at Central Connecticut State (.27.3%) on Jan. 14, 2010. The Bobcats' defensive game-plan forced Monmouth to make 22 turnovers, while the Bobcats had only 12 turnovers in the game. Junior forward Jacinda Dunbar scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bobcats in its third-straight victory. In addition, freshman Brittany McQuain compiled a career-high 13 points. Dunbar, McQuain, and senior Lailah Pratt each pulled-down four rebounds.
Facing The Mount
Quinnipiac won its second NEC game of the 2010-11 season on Jan. 4 against Mount St. Mary's, 77-65. Overall, the team shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 77.8 percent from the foul line. Quinnipiac finished 28-of-36 free throws, while the Mountaineers shot 12-of-19 from the line.
Two Bobcats have collected a double-double this year, including Courtney Kaminski and freshman Brittany McQuain. Kaminski has compiled two double-doubles this season. The senior posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against FDU and recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Bobcats second outing against UNH. McQuain scored 10 points and pulled-down 10 rebounds against Southern California on Nov. 28.
Crashing The Boards
Courtney Kaminski leads the Bobcats with 5.5 rebounds per game, while freshman Brittany McQuain and Jacinda Dunbar are close behind, both averaging 5.3 rebounds.
Taking On Twenty
Senior Courtney Kaminski scored a game-high and season-high 23 points against the Mount. Kaminski is one of two Bobcats to score above 20 points this season. Junior Jacinda Dunbar posted a career-high 26 points in the Quinnipiac 62-61 win against New Hampshire on Dec. 29.
Making A Comeback
Since posting a -25.0 scoring margin for the month of November, Quinnipiac has since narrowed the gap to -7.1 points. After falling to Holy Cross in a game held at the TD Bank Sports Center, the Bobcats have gone undefeated at home (4-0), beating NEC opponents Wagner and Mount St. Mary's.
Charity Stripe Stats
The Bobcats have won every game this season that they've made more free throws than their opponents. Quinnipiac has finished more shots from the foul line than its opponents in six games this year, including the past three matches prior to the FDU contest.
What's Ahead In The NEC
The Bobcats will host Bryant on Monday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac will then travel to play Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md., followed by Wagner on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.