HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has once again prepared a grueling schedule for the 2011-12 season. The Bobcats will play 14 home games, including a pair of home contests against Atlantic 10 opponents, Massachusetts and St. Joseph’s. Intrastate foes Fairfield, Yale and Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut will also visit the TD Bank Sports Center in the upcoming year.
The docket gets started with a matinee Friday, Nov. 11 against James Madison. The 4 p.m. start marks the first-ever meeting between the Bobcats and the Dukes. Following a road tilt at Holy Cross on Nov. 16, the Bobcats return home to face Fabbri’s alma mater, Fairfield. The Bobcats fell to the Stags in last season’s opener, marking just the second time Fabbri had faced her former team as head coach of the Bobcats.
Upon returning to the east coast, the Bobcats will open a three-game home stand. Up first is a Nov. 29 pairing with Massachusetts, which defeated the Bobcats in the 2009 Brown Bear Classic Championship Game in the only prior meeting between the two schools. Quinnipiac then opens Northeast Conference play against Bryant on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sacred Heart on Monday, Dec. 5.
The Bobcats challenge Rhode Island on Dec. 10 in Kingston, R.I., before returning home to face Yale, following first-semester final exams on Dec. 20. Following a week off for the holidays, the Bobcats close 2011 at Patriot League foes American and Army on Dec. 28 and 30, respectively.
Quinnipiac rounds out the non-conference docket with a Jan. 3 meeting with St. Joseph’s at the TD Bank Sports Center. A Jan. 7 pairing at St. Francis (N.Y.) gets conference play restarted in earnest, before the Bobcats welcome Long Island to the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 9.
Following four road contests at Robert Morris, Saint Francis (Pa.), Bryant and Sacred Heart, the Bobcats welcome Wagner and Mount St. Mary’s to Hamden on Jan. 28 and 30. The Saturday contest against Wagner will be played as part of Linda Wooster Girls and Women in Sports Day.
After Saturday and Monday contests at Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac will play its first NEC Rivalry Week series against Central Connecticut, after two years against Sacred Heart. The first game will be played Saturday, Feb. 11, in New Britain, before the Blue Devils make the return trip to Hamden on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Following their final road contest of the regular season on Feb. 18 at Long Island, the Bobcats play three straight home games to close out the conference schedule. St. Francis (N.Y.) visits the TD Bank Sports Center on Feb. 20, before Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris come to Hamden on Feb. 25 and 27, respectively.
The Northeast Conference Tournament will once again be played at higher seeds. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, March 3, with the semifinals and championship following on Tuesday, March 6 and Sunday, March 11, respectively.
All games are subject to change as a result of possible television programming. Bobcats fans should visit the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes in addition to breaking news and highlights. Quinnipiac fans who wish to purchase tickets can buy them online at www.QuinnnipiacBobcats.com or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.
Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 11 James Madison TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 4:00 PM
Nov. 16 @ Holy Cross Hart Center, Worcester, Mass. 7:00 PM
Nov. 19 Fairfield TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 1:00 PM
Nov. 25 @ St Mary's^ McKeon Pavillion – Moraga, Calif. 7:00 PM
Nov. 26 Minnesota or Virginia Tech^ McKeon Pavillion – Moraga, Calif. 7:00 PM
Nov. 29 Massachusetts TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Dec. 3 Bryant* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 12:00 PM
Dec. 5 Sacred Heart* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Dec. 10 @ Rhode Island Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I. 1:00 PM
Dec. 20 Yale TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Dec. 28 @ American University Bender Arena, Washington, D.C. 7:00 PM
Dec. 30 @ Army Christl Arena, West Point, N.Y. 7:00 PM
Jan. 3 St. Joseph’s TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Jan. 7 @ St. Francis (N.Y.)* Pope PE Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:00 PM
Jan. 9 Long Island* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Jan. 14 @ Robert Morris* Sewall Center, Moon Township, pa. 7:00 PM
Jan. 16 @ Saint Francis (Pa.)* DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pa. 2:00 PM
Jan. 21 @ Bryant* Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, R.I. 1:00 PM
Jan. 23 @ Sacred Heart* Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn. 7:00 PM
Jan. 28 Wagner* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 12:00 PM
Jan. 30 Mount St. Mary’s* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Feb. 4 @ Monmouth * Rothman Center, Teaneck, N.J. 4:00 PM
Feb. 6 @ Fairleigh Dickinson * Boylan Gymnasium, West Long Branch, N.J. 7:00 PM
Feb. 11 Central Connecticut State* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 1:00 PM
Feb. 15 @ Central Connecticut State* Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Conn. 7:00 PM
Feb. 18 @Long Island* Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. 4:00 PM
Feb. 20 St. Francis (N.Y.)* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
Feb. 25 Saint Francis (Pa.)* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 4:00 PM
Feb. 27 Robert Morris* TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn. 7:00 PM
March 3 NEC Quarterfinals* TBA TBA
March 6 NEC Semifinals* TBA TBA
March 13 NEC Final* TBA TBA
*Northeast Conference game
^St. Mary's Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic