NEC Rivalry Week Continues As Women's Basketball Hosts CCSU Wednesday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (18-6, 10-3 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (11-13, 5-8 NEC)
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 - 7 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.

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Bobcats Look For Season Sweep
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (18-6, 10-3 NEC) returns home when they host Central Connecticut State University (11-13, 5-8 NEC) in a Northeast Conference match-up on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. In their most recent outing, the Bobcats opened NEC Rivalry Week with a 64-59 victory at CCSU on Saturday afternoon.  QU, currently second in the league standings, looks to clinch a spot in the NEC Tournament with a win over the Blue Devils in the backend of the two-game series on Wednesday night.

Live stats, audio and video of Wednesday’s contest will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac women’s basketball schedule at Fans can listen to the game on AM-1220 WQUN radio with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson.

Scouting Central Connecticut State
The Blue Devils enter Wednesday at 11-13 overall and 5-8 in NEC action. After falling to Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon, CCSU dropped to 10th in the league standings. The Blue Devils post a 5-6 mark on the road and are currently averaging 58.2 points and 38.8 rebounds per outing. Central Connecticut’s top scorers include Jaclyn Babe (15.5 ppg), Kirsten Daamen (13 ppg), and Jessica Babe (10.5 ppg). Jaclyn and Jessica Babe have combined for 98 steals and 158 assists, while Daamen leads the Blue Devils and the NEC with 64 blocks on the year. Jessica Babe also averages a team-leading 7.4 boards per game.

All-Time Against The Blue Devils
Quinnipiac currently leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut, 27-13. The Bobcats also lead the Division I series with the Blue Devils, 21-7. Last year, Quinnipiac split a pair of games with CCSU. The Bobcats won the first match-up, 76-75, on a three-point buzzer beater by Felicia Barron at QU’s home court on Jan. 15. A month later, QU fell to the Blue Devils, 61-58, on the road.

Last Time Against CCSU
The Bobcats played Central Connecticut in their first of two NEC Rivalry Week games on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Detrick Gym. Quinnipiac picked up a league win, 64-59, as Felicia Barron registered a game-high 20 points and Brittany McQuain pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Saturday’s victory marked the Bobcats’ 12th win at a court besides home this season.

The Bobcats’ Bench
Quinnipiac’s bench is currently averaging 25.2 points per game and is holding its opponents’ benches to 17.5 ppg. The Bobcats’ reserves compiled a season-high 46 points earlier in the season as the team defeated Mount St. Mary’s on Jan. 30. Six Bobcats recorded double figures in the scoring column that night.

Believe In Barron
Junior Felicia Barron has tallied a team-leading and career-best 429 points this season. With five games still remaining in the regular season, Barron looks to become the 18th player in the QU women’s basketball program to break the 1,000-point mark as she’s compiled 922 points in her career at Quinnipiac.

Stealing Streaks
QU’s Felicia Barron continues to rule the nation in steals per game (4.6) as she’s led the Bobcats’ efforts to lead the league with 11.1 steals per game. Barron’s career-high 12-steal performance against Bryant is tied at first in the NCAA standings for individual game-highs. Overall, Barron has made at least one steal in all 24 games this year and has compiled 110 steals on the year. Barron broke the QU Division I Single-Season record for steals as Erin Kerner previously led the category with 78 steals during the 2005-06 season.

National Standings
As of Feb. 13, Quinnipiac fell to 62 in the RPI Rankings. Despite the drop, the Bobcats continue to lead all NEC teams in the NCAA’s RPI standings. Last week, QU stood in the 57th position in the national standings.

Come Together
Six Bobcats have put together more than 100 points this year, including two freshmen in Jasmine Martin (256) and Samantha Guastella (142). All of which, are shooting above the 35-percent mark from the floor.

QU Wins When…
The Bobcats are undefeated, with a 15-0 record, when shooting better than their opponents this season. Quinnipiac is also undefeated when playing on a Saturday, 9-0.

Sensational Scoring
The Bobcats continue to dominate the NEC in scoring with 69.7 points per game, while their scoring margin of +6.3 ranks second. Felicia Barron ranks second in the league and in the top-50 of the national rankings with 17.9 ppg. Jasmine Martin (10.7 ppg) and Brittany McQuain (10.5 ppg), the Bobcats second and third leading scorers, also rank in the top-25 of the NEC in scoring.

Bobcats On The Boards
Quinnipiac remains the NEC’s leading team in rebounding with 42.2 boards per outing. The Bobcats have collected at least 50 rebounds in three outings this season. Brittany McQuain leads the Bobcats’ rebounding efforts with 9.5 rpg, which also ranks third amongst NEC opponents and in the top-50 of the national standings.

NEC Notes
Besides leading the conference in scoring offense, steals and rebounds, the Bobcats also rank first amongst NEC opponents with a turnover margin of +3.67 and 0.89 assist turnover ratio. QU is second in assists per game (15.04). The team’s scoring margin of +6.3 is also second in the league.

Halftime Stats
Last week’s outing at FDU marked the first time the Bobcats have lost a game this season when leading at the half. Quinnipiac is now 13-1 when outscoring opponents at halftime after picking up another NEC win at CCSU.

Road Warriors
Before falling at FDU, QU had won 11 consecutive games on any court besides the Bobcats’ home arena, the most since the 1983-84 season when Quinnipiac won 13-straight road games. After winning at CCSU, the Bobcats are now 11-2 on the road and 1-0 in neutral games.

Fox CT News Feature
The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team was featured in a segment by Rich Coppola on Fox Connecticut on Thursday, Feb. 9 during the 10 p.m. broadcast. The piece highlighted the Bobcats’ and Felicia Barron’s success thus far during the 2011-12 season.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays its final road-game of the regular season at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The Bobcats will finish the regular season with three NEC games at home, the first against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Earlier in the year, QU fell to the LIU Blackbirds, but defeated the SFNY Terriers.

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