January 19, 2012

Women's Basketball Set For NEC Showdown At Bryant On Saturday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-5, 4-2 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (11-6, 4-2 NEC)
Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.
Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, R.I.

Bobcats Battle The Bulldogs
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (12-5, 4-2) travels to take on Northeast Conference opponent Bryant University (11-6, 4-2 NEC) in their second meeting of the year on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. The Bobcats enter the match-up after winning two NEC games in the Keystone State against Saint Francis (Pa.), 85-73, and Robert Morris, 85-73. The Bulldogs picked up a league win at Wagner, 71-67, in their most recent outing.

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Live stats, audio and video of Saturday’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 on AM-1220 WQUN with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson.

Scouting Bryant
The Bulldogs currently stand at 11-6 on the year and 4-2 in conference play. Bryant’s 4-2 record in league action is tied for second in the standings with three universities, including Quinnipiac. Prior to splitting a pair of NEC games last weekend, Bryant won three straight league games at the Chace Athletic Center. The Bulldogs currently lead the conference with 11.06 steals per game, while the team ranks second in assists (14.76) and is tied with Quinnipiac in first with 42.5 rpg. Naana Ankoma-Mensa currently leads the Bulldogs with 12.8 points and 10 rebounds per game, while Katie Whittington (12.1) and Danielle Douglass (11.5) also average double figures in points per contest.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Saturday marks the 36th meeting between Quinnipiac and Bryant, with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series, 16-19. However, the Bobcats post a 4-2 record against Bryant in the Division-1 series leading back to the 2008-09 season. The Bobcats have won the last three meetings, including a 67-56 victory earlier this year. 

Last Time Against Bryant
The Bobcats picked up their first league win of the year when they defeated Bryant, 67-56, on Dec. 3 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Martin scored a game-high 18 points for the Bobcats, while Brittany McQuain collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs’ Naana Ankoma-Mensa and Meredith Soper each posted double-doubles in the outing.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac improved to 7-1 on the road as it defeated NEC foe Robert Morris, 82-74, on Monday, Jan. 16. The Bobcats were led by Felicia Barron’s game-high 26 points and Jasmine Martin’s 22 points on the night. Camryn Warner (13) and Brittany McQuain (10) also posted double figures in points, while McQuain also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Mary Durojaye and Artemis Spanou recorded double-doubles with the Colonials. Both teams shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, but the Bobcats outscored the Colonials, 24-to-16 in free throws. Both squads also scored six three pointers and 26 field goals in the outing, while each collected 49 rebounds.

Felicia Is Fierce
Felicia Barron’s 26-point performance at RMU stands as a career-high for the redshirt junior. Barron currently leads the Bobcats and ranks third in league action with 17.5 points per game after averaging 25 points in the team’s last two outings. Barron’s 17.5 ppg also ranks in the top-60 of the national standings.

Martin Makes It Happen
Freshman Jasmine Martin registered a career-high 22 points against the Colonials on Saturday. The 5-8 guard ranks second on the team in points per game (11.5) and has compiled 195 points in her rookie campaign.

Keep It Up Camryn
Sophomore Camryn Warner matched a career-high 13 points at Robert Morris. Warner is one of five Bobcats to have reached the 100-point mark with 188 points on the year. She currently ranks fourth on the team in ppg (6.9) and is second for QU in rpg (5.1).

The Bobcats Give Pointers
The Bobcats finished with over 80 points in each of its NEC wins last week to lead the NEC in scoring offense with 67.5 points per game. The teams’ 85-point victory over Robert Morris stands as the highest point total this season.

QU Takes Down The Red Flash
QU defeated Saint Francis (Pa.), 85-73, on Saturday, Jan. 14. Felicia Barron registered a game-high 24 points, while Kari Goodchild and Samantha Guastella each scored in double figures with 16 points and 12 points, respectively. Brittany McQuain led the game with eight rebounds. The Bobcats outshot the Red Flash from the floor (60.8-to-42.6) and out-rebounded the NEC opponent, 36-to-26, while compiling season-bests as a team throughout the afternoon.

Season-High Shooting
The Bobcats’ 85-point victory at SFU stands as the highest point total this season. The Bobcats also combined for a season-high 60.8 field-goal percentage (31-for-51) against the Red Flash on Saturday. The 60.8 shooting percentage stands as the second time the Bobcats have shot above the 50 percent mark this year, while it ranks 24th in the Division-I standings.

Awesome Assists
The Bobcats collected a season-high 22 assists at Saint Francis (Pa.). Nine players contributed at least one assist in the outing, but Kari Goodchild and Gillian Abshire led the way with four each.

Success From Three-Point Range
Quinnipiac compiled a season-best 10 three-pointers at SFU as they shot 71.4 percent from three-point range, which currently ranks first in the national standings.

Felicia’s Arc
Felicia Barron led the Bobcats’ efforts from beyond the arc as she scored 6-of-7 three-pointers. Barron currently ranks seventh in the NEC with a 36.7 three-point percentage (36-for-98). The 5-7 guard averages a team-high 2.12 three-pointers per game, which leads the league.

Nikoline Plays Nice
Freshman Nikoline Ostergaard registered a career-high eight points against SFU. The Denmark native also pulled down three rebounds in the outing.

Still At The Top In Steals
Junior Felicia Barron continues to lead the nation, league and team in steals with 83 steals on the year and 4.88 steals per game. Barron’s 12-steal performance against Bryant also is tied at first in the national standings for individual game-highs.

The Scoring Situation
Three Bobcats Continue to dominate the NEC in scoring, including Felicia Barron at third in the standings with 17.5 ppg, Jasmine Martin at 19th with 11.5 ppg, and Brittany McQuain at 22nd with 10.2 ppg.

Dominating Double-Doubles
As of Jan. 16, sophomore Brittany McQuain ranked in the top-20 in the national standings with eight double-doubles on the year. The sophomore has combined for 15 career double-doubles.

Ranking In Rebounds
Forward Brittany McQuain leads the team and ranks fourth in league play with 9.6 rebounds per game, which also stands in the top-50 of the national leader board. McQuain’s 3.59 offensive rebounds and 6.06 defensive boards per contest are in the top-five in the NEC. The 5-11 sophomore has collected 164 boards this year.

The Bobcats Can Block
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner ranks fourth in the conference standings in blocks per game (1.47) with 25 total on the year.

Featured Freshman
Freshman Jasmine Martin leads the Bobcats and ranks fifth in the NEC with a 78.7 free-throw shooting percentage (48-of-61). Martin is the only rookie to have reached the 100-point mark this year with 195 points.

NCAA RPI Rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 16, the Bobcats ranked 80th in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball RPI Rankings, behind only one NEC opponent in LIU Brooklyn (77th). The Bobcats previously ranked 78th.

Bobcats On The Boards
QU continues to dominate league action in rebounds as it ranks first in rebounds per game with Bryant (42.5). The Bobcats also lead the conference with an average of 27.53 defensive rebounds per contest.

Bobcats Turning It Around
Quinnipiac leads the NEC with a +3.25 turnover margin and ranks second with a 0.87 assist/turnover margin.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac plays intra-state foe Sacred Heart in a Northeast Conference match-up on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats return home to play back-to-back league games against Wagner on Jan. 28 and Mount St. Mary’s on Jan. 30. to round out the month of January.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu