February 4, 2011

Women's Basketball Travels To Face Long Island On Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-11, 7-3 NEC) at
Long Island University Blackbirds (13-8, 5-5 NEC)
Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 2 p.m.
Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bobcats Face Blackbirds
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will play in a Northeast Conference match-up against Long Island University on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Bobcats are coming of a 77-64 loss against Saint Francis (Pa.), while the Blackbirds won, 68-49, at Fairleigh Dickinson in their most recent outing. Quinnipiac, Monmouth and Sacred Heart are currently tied for third place in the conference at 7-3, while Long Island is tied for seventh at 5-5 in the NEC.

Multimedia
Live stats and audio 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 with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting Long Island
The Blackbirds (13-8, 5-5 NEC) enter Saturday's game after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 68-49, on the road. Junior Kiara Evans led LIU with a game-high 21 points, while junior Ashley Palmer added 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Long Island is led by Palmer, who averages 13.6 points per game. In addition, Palmer is ranked third in the NEC in rebounding, averaging 9.0 per game. Chelsi Johnson is close behind, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game, while Evans averages 11.6 points per game for the Blackbirds. Long Island leads the conference in rebounding offense, averaging 42.9 per game, while the team is ranked second in rebounding defense, averaging 36.2 per game. Also, the Blackbirds lead the NEC averaging 28.19 defensive-rebounds per game. The team is currently shooting 38.9 percent from the floor and averages 60.1 points per game.


All-Time Against The Blackbirds
Saturday's game between Quinnipiac and Long Island marks the 23nd meeting between the two schools. Last season the Blackbirds tied the all-time series at 11-11, after beating the Bobcats, 66-54, in a game held at the TD Bank Sports Center on Feb. 13.

Last Time Out
In its most recent contest, Quinnipiac lost to Saint Francis (Pa.), 77-64. With the loss, the Bobcats dropped to 7-3 in conference play. Despite the defeat, the Bobcats outrebounded the Red Flash, 43-39. Quinnipiac's Kari Goodchild scored a career-high 20 points and added a team-high seven rebounds, while Courtney Kaminski picked up 13 points. Felicia Barron, Jacinda Dunbar and Brittany McQuain each recorded nine points in the game.

Leading Ladies
The Bobcats are currently led by Courtney Kaminski, who averages 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 12.9 points per game. Quinnipiac's Brittany McQuain is the team's top-rebounder, averaging 6.0 per game. In addition, McQuain has collected a team-high 18 blocks this year. Felicia Barron averages 12.4 points per game and leads the Bobcats with 92 assists and 42 steals. Barron has led Quinnipiac from behind the arc, compiling 41 three-pointers on the season.

Making Noise In The NEC
The Bobcats are second in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 65.5 points per game. Quinnipiac is also third in assists and steals, averaging 14.19 and 8.76 per game, respectively.

NEC Notes
Two Bobcats rank in the top-10 of the NEC in scoring. Quinnipiac's Courtney Kaminski is ranked seventh, averaging 12.9 points per game, while Felicia Barron is in eighth, averaging 12.4 points per game. Brittany McQuain is currently 16th in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.0 rebounds per game, and eighth with 18 blocks on the year. In addition, Barron leads the NEC in assist-to-turnover ratio and is fourth in the NEC, averaging 4.38 assists per game. With 41 three-pointers on the year, Barron also is ranked fifth in the conference in three-point field goals made.

Robert Morris At Home
The Bobcats lost to Robert Morris, 75-67, on Jan. 29 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Four Bobcats compiled double figures in the contest, including Brittany McQuain and Jacinda Dunbar, who pulled down 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Kari Goodchild scored a team-high 16 points, while Courtney Kaminski picked up 14 points. Overall, the Bobcats collected 22 assists and outrebounded Robert Morris, 49-45. Quinnipiac also scored 16 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds. The Bobcats' bench added 15 points in the game.

Assisting The Win
The Bobcats have posted 20 or more assists in five games this season, recording a season-high 22 assists in the loss against Robert Morris.

Swept Off Their Feet
The Bobcats swept the NEC's weekly awards for the week of Jan. 25, as Felicia Barron was named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week and Brittany McQuain was selected as the Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week, each for the first time this season. Courtney Kaminski was also honored by the NEC as Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 18, after scoring a career-high 32 points versus CCSU.

A Strong Start
Prior to the Bobcats' most recent losses, they held a 7-1 NEC record, placing them at the top of the conference. The last time Quinnipiac had a 7-1 start in NEC play was during the 2007-2008 season.

A Win At Wagner
On Jan. 24, the Bobcats beat Wagner, for the second time this season. In the 77-62 win, Quinnipiac outrebounded Wagner, 38-33. The Bobcats scored 24-of-31 buckets from the free-throw line, while the Seahawks only scored 16 free throws in the match. Quinnipiac posted 14 second-chance points and scored 22 points off of Wagner's 25 turnovers.

She Shoots... She Scores
The Bobcats had five different players score above 10 points against Wagner on Monday night. Quinnipiac's Felicia Barron was the team's top scorer with 22 points, while Jacinda Dunbar added 16 points in the game. Kari Goodchild, Courtney Kaminski and Brittany McQuain each scored 11 points in the contest. McQuain also pulled down 11 rebounds, collecting her second career double-double this season.

Magic At the Mount
Quinnipiac won its third straight NEC contest against Mount St. Mary's, 74-60, on Jan. 22. The Bobcats led for the entire game, for their second time this season. Quinnipiac held a 43-21 advantage at the end of the first half and increased its lead to as many as 28 points with only 15 minutes remaining in the game. Felicia Barron (25), Brittany McQuain (12) and Jacinda Dunbar (11) each scored in double-figures. Freshman Brittany Hill recorded a career-high eight points and five rebounds against the Mountaineers.

50/50
For the first time this season, the Bobcats shot 50 percent from the floor, scoring 27-of-50 baskets in the win. The last time Quinnipiac held a field-goal percentage of 50 percent was against Central Michigan on Dec. 29, 2009.

Felicia's Ferocious
After scoring 22 points against Bryant, Felicia Barron broke her career record again, as she scored a game-high 25 points against Mount St. Mary's. Barron has posted double-figures in 12 games this season. In addition, the sophomore sank six-of-seven three-point attempts against the Mount. Mandy Pennewell is the last Quinnipiac player to score six or more three-pointers in a single game, six at Central Connecticut on Jan. 24, 2010.

Bobcats Beat Bulldogs
Quinnipiac beat Bryant, 85-74, on Jan. 17. The Bobcats led for the entire game and held their biggest lead, a 20-point advantage, 46-26, towards the end of the first half. The team had two 20-plus scorers, for the first time this year. Felicia Barron and Courtney Kaminski posted 22 points and 21 points, respectively. In addition, Brittany McQuain compiled 13 points and eight rebounds, while Kari Goodchild put up 13 points.

Three's Company
In the Bryant match-up, the Bobcats shot a season-high 69.2 percent from behind the arc, as they finished 9-of-13 three-pointers The last time Quinnipiac made 8 or more three-pointers in a single game, was at Robert Morris on Feb. 20, 2009.

Fabbri Earns 150th Conference Win
Head Coach Tricia Fabbri won her 150th career conference win against Bryant on Monday.

Bobcats Versus Blue Devils
The Bobcats beat in-state rival Central Connecticut State, 76-75, on Jan. 15. Sophomore Felicia Barron's three-pointer at the buzzer gave Quinnipiac its one-point lead in the victory. Overall, the Bobcats outshot the Blue Devils from both the field and the line. Quinnipiac scored 17 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds in the contest. Three Bobcats put up double-figures, including Courtney Kaminski (32), Brittany McQuain (12), and Felicia Barron (11).

Posting Points
Senior Courtney Kaminski scored a career-high 32 points and pulled-down eight rebounds in Saturday's game. The last Quinnipiac woman's basketball player to score above 30 points was Erin Kerner, with 32 points, against St. Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 10, 2009.

Barron Beats The Buzzer
Felicia Barron made an impact in the Bobcats' fifth home win of the season. Besides scoring the game-winning basket, she also compiled 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

Charity Stripe Stats
In each of the Bobcats' 10 wins this season, the team has outscored their opponent from the free-throw line. The Bobcats recorded a season-high 28 free-throws at Monmouth on Jan. 7.

1,000-Points And Beyond
Courtney Kaminski currently has compiled 1,216 career-points, placing her as the 15th all-time career-scorer at Quinnipiac. Kaminski became the 17th Quinnipiac women's basketball player to score 1,000 points, as she scored 10 points in Quinnipiac's home-opener against Holy Cross this season.


Double Trouble
Courtney Kaminski and Brittany McQuain have each collected two double-doubles this season. Kaminski posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against FDU and recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Bobcats second outing against UNH. In the Bobcats most recent outing at Wagner, McQuain earned 11 points and 11 rebounds, while scoring picking up 10 points and 10 rebounds against USC on Nov. 28.

Making A Comeback
Since posting a -25.0 scoring margin for the month of November, Quinnipiac has since narrowed the gap to -4.1 points.

What's Ahead In The NEC
The Bobcats return to action when they face Saint Francis (N.Y.) on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Peter Aquilone Court in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.