Women's Basketball Plays At Holy Cross On Wednesday, Nov. 16 At 7 PM

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1, 0-0 NEC) vs.
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.

Bobcats Travel To Play Holy Cross
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (0-1) travels to play a non-conference game at the College of the Holy Cross (0-2) on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The Bobcats enter the match-up after falling to James Madison, 81-73, in their season opener.

Live stats and audio of Wednesday night’s game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac women’s basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Fans can listen to the game live with Bill Schweizer and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross currently stands at 0-2 on the year after losing to non-conference opponents, Yale, 76-71, and No. 4 Connecticut, 77-37, last week. Crusaders sophomore guard Alex Smith has scored a total of 19 points in the team’s two games. Earlier in the year, Smith was named to the All-Patriot League preseason team, after leading the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game as a freshman. Freshman forward Emily Parker led Holy Cross against Yale as she scored 17 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds in her first collegiate game. In addition, sophomore guard Brisje Malone currently averages 10.5 points per game, while junior Amy Lepley posts 10 points per game. Overall, Holy Cross was predicted to finish fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll.

All-Time Against The Crusaders
Wednesday’s game marks the sixth all-time meeting between Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. The all-time series is led by the Crusaders, 3-2, overall. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats lost, 72-60, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Nov. 17, 2010. Felicia Barron and Jacinda Dunbar each posted double figures in the contest.

Last Time Out
Despite narrowing a 22-point deficit to only a one-point gap in the second half, Quinnipiac was unable to come back in its season opener against James Madison, who defeated the Bobcats, 81-73, on Friday, Nov. 11. Quinnipiac’s second-stanza comeback attempt was sparked by redshirt junior guard Felicia Barron and freshman guard Jasmine Martin. In the last 10 minutes of play, Barron tallied 10 points and three steals, while Martin scored 15 of her 20 points. Overall, Quinnipiac shot 33.3 percent from the floor and pulled down 47 rebounds.

Career Firsts For Camryn
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner compiled her first career double-double as she made her first career start for the Bobcats against James Madison. Warner tallied career highs, posting 12 points and a team-high 11 boards. Warner led all Bobcats in minutes played (30) in the team’s season opener.

All That Jazz
Freshman guard Jasmine Martin scored a game-high 20 points across 19 minutes in her first collegiate game on Friday afternoon. Martin scored 17 of her 20 points during the second half. She also added two rebounds and one steal in the outing.

Felicia Steals The Show
Redshirt junior Felicia Barron led all Bobcats with five steals in Quinnipiac’s home opener against JMU. Barron was one of three Quinnipiac players to post double digits as she scored 14 points. She also had five rebounds against the Dukes.

Kari Kicks Off The Season
Senior guard Kari Goodchild went six-for-six on the free-throw line as she picked up nine points, three rebounds and an assist against James Madison on Friday, Nov. 11.

Dunbar Will Be A Danger This Season
Senior forward Jacinda Dunbar notched four points and made four rebounds in the Bobcats’ first game of the year. The 5-11 forward looks to make an impact in her final campaign with the Bobcats after posting a team-leading 47 percent field-goal percentage during the 2010-11 season.

Freshman Faces
Freshmen Gillian “Boo” Abshire and Samantha Guastella each played 28 minutes in their collegiate debut on Friday. Both players scored four points and had six rebounds in the Bobcats’ season opener against James Madison. Abshire made three steals, while both players combined for five assists in the game.

Rookies Return
Sophomore forward Brittany McQuain put away both of her free-throw attempts against James Madison and totaled six points and five rebounds on the afternoon. Last season, the 2011 All-Rookie honoree, pulled down a team-high 7.3 boards per game, was fourth on the team in points per game (9.2), and was ranked second with 22 blocks. The Independence, Mo. native was a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week award winner and led all Bobcats with seven double-doubles in her freshman season.

Three’s Company
Quinnipiac will be led by a trio of captains this season, including seniors Kari Goodchild and Jacinda Dunbar and junior Shelby Sferra.

Cast Of Coaches
Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 17th season with the Bobcats, posting a 221-230 overall record. Assisting Coach Fabbri in their third and fifth seasons, respectively, are Mountain MacGillivray and Helen Ridley. Assistant Coach Danielle Brennan returns for her second year with the Bobcats, while Cary Simms joins the coaching staff in her first season as the Director of Basketball Operations.

2010-11 Standings
The Bobcats finished the 2010-11 season at 14-16 on the year and 11-7 in the Northeast Conference to clinch the seventh seed in the NEC Tournament. The Bobcats lost to No. 2 Monmouth, 55-36, in a semi-final game in their 11th consecutive post-season appearance.

NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll Predictions
The Bobcats were selected to finish sixth in the 2011-12 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll after clinching the seventh seed in its 11th consecutive NEC Tournament appearance last season. The 2011 NEC Regular Season and Tournament Champion, Saint Francis (Pa.), was picked to finish first in the poll with four first-place votes, while Robert Morris was tabbed second with two first-place nods. Long Island followed in third, while Monmouth and Sacred Heart were tied at fourth in the rankings, each receiving two-first place votes. Fairleigh Dickinson was the coaches’ seventh choice, followed by Bryant in the eighth position. Central Connecticut and Wagner were slated to finish in the 10th and 11 slots, respectively, while by Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the poll.

2011-12 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes)
1. Saint Francis (Pa.) (4)
2. Robert Morris (2)
3. Long Island (2)
4. Monmouth (2)
     Sacred Heart (2)
6. Quinnipiac
7. Fairleigh Dickinson
8. Bryant
9. Central Connecticut
10. Wagner
11. Mount St. Mary’s
12. St. Francis (N.Y.)

What’s Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
The Bobcats play host to intra-state opponent Fairfield on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. before traveling to compete in the St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic tournament on Nov. 25 and 26. Quinnipiac continues non-conference play at home against Massachusetts on Nov. 29 before hosting its first NEC contests of the 2011-12 season against Bryant and Sacred Heart on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, respectively.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu