March 4, 2011
Women's Basketball Takes On Monmouth In NEC Quarterfinals, Saturday At 3 P.M.
No. 7 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-15, 11-7 NEC) at
No. 2 Monmouth University Hawks (21-8, 13-5 NEC)
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Athletic Center - West Long Branch, N.J.
of the NEC Tournament
The seventh-seeded Quinnipiac University women's
basketball team (14-15, 11-7 NEC) will play No. 2 Monmouth
University (21-8, 13-5 NEC) in a Northeast Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal match-up on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at the
Multipurpose Athletic Center in West Long Branch, N.J. The Bobcats
played the Hawks to a 62-56 loss in its final game of the
regular-season, Monday night. This will be the Bobcats 11th
consecutive trip to the NEC tournament.
The 2010-11 Northeast Conference Tournament kicks off with
four, quarterfinal match-ups on Saturday, March 5. The No. 1 seed,
and 2010-11 NEC Regular Season Champions, Saint Francis (Pa.) will
host the eighth-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson at 2 p.m., while No. 3
Sacred Heart will host the No. 6 seed Central Connecticut State at
3 p.m. Rounding out the games at 4 p.m., will be a contest between
the fourth-seeded Robert Morris against No. 5 Long Island. The
winners of each game will play in the NEC Semifinals on Tuesday,
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 with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson on AM-1220
At 21-8 overall, the Hawks finished the regular season as
the only team in the conference to end the year with at least 20
wins. Monmouth enters Saturday's playoff game on a six-game winning
streak, including its most recent 62-56 win against the Bobcats.
Monmouth had four different players score in double-digits against
Quinnipiac, including Alysha Womack, who put up a game-high 17
points. Abby Martin and Erin Rooney each chipped in 14 points,
while Alexis Canady added 10 points. Martin also led the Hawks with
nine rebounds. Womack currently leads the Hawks and is sixth
amongst NEC leaders, averaging 13 points per game. Womack also was
named to this year's All-NEC Second Team, alongside teammate Erin
Rooney, who was also selected as the NEC's 2010-11 Defensive Player
of the Year. Monmouth ended the regular season leading the NEC with
a +6.0 scoring margin and in scoring defense, holding their
opponents to 54.9 points per game.
Against The Hawks
quarterfinal game marks the 27th meeting between
Quinnipiac and Monmouth. The all-time series is tied at 13-13,
while the Hawks hold a 2-1 advantage over the Bobcats in postseason
play. The last time Quinnipiac faced Monmouth in a NEC Tournament
contest, was on March 7, 2009. The Bobcats lost, 69-67, in the
NEC Tournament History
This will be the Bobcats 11th-straight year making an appearance in
the NEC tournament. Quinnipiac has a 6-11 record in the playoffs
and has made an appearance in the Championship game only once.
This Year Versus Monmouth
This year's series against Monmouth is split 1-1, with each team
defeating the other on the road. Earlier in the season, Quinnipiac
defeated Monmouth 60-57, at the Multipurpose Athletic Center. The
Bobcats' Jacinda Dunbar led with a game-high 19 points, while
Alysha Womack posted a team-high 10 points for the Hawks. Monmouth
outrebounded Quinnipiac, 55-31, while the Bobcats outshot the Hawks
and held them to a 28.8 field-goal percentage. Quinnipiac lost,
62-56, to Monmouth in its final home game of the regular season, on
Last Time Out
The Bobcats lost to the Hawks, 62-56, in their regular-season
finale on Monday night. For the first time this season, Quinnipiac
had three different players collect double-doubles. Brittany
McQuain scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds,
as she picked up her seventh double-double of her freshman year.
Jacinda Dunbar put up 14 points and 10 boards, while Courtney
Kaminski recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Bobcats came
within one point of the Hawks late in the second half, despite an
11-point deficit 37-26, at the break.
Quinnipiac freshman forward Brittany McQuain was selected
to the All-NEC Rookie Team, while senior center Courtney Kaminski
was named as a member of the All-Conference First Team, as
announced by the league office on March 2. With 7.2 boards per
game, McQuain finished the regular-season as the Bobcats'
top-rebounder. She also averaged 9.2 points per game and
accumulated 267 points in her freshman year. Kaminski led the
Bobcats with a team-high 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this
year. She recorded 315 points in her final season with Quinnipiac,
while also leading the team in blocks (34).
NEC Rookie of
Freshman Brittany McQuain was named Choice Hotels Rookie
of the Week, for the second time this season, after the Bobcats
played its final-two games of the regular-season. McQuain played 64
minutes for the Bobcats and picked up two double-doubles against
Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth. The freshman forward averaged 14
points and 11.5 rebounds, also adding 10 assists last week.
What's Ahead In The NEC
The Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals will be
played on Tuesday, March 8 at a time and location to be determined.
The NEC Championships will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. at
the highest seed.