NEC Rivalry Week: Women's Basketball Takes On CCSU Saturday Afternoon

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-6, 9-3 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (11-12, 5-7 NEC)
Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.
Detrick Gym – New Britain, CT

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Round One Of NEC Rivalry Week
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (17-6, 9-3 NEC) plays its first match-up of the Northeast Conference’s Rivalry Week when it travels to Central Connecticut State University (11-12, 5-7 NEC) on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Detrick Gym in New Britain, Conn. and can be seen live on NortheastConference.tv. After winning seven consecutive games, the Bobcats picked up an NEC loss at Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday night, while the Blue Devils defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) in their most recent outing.

Multimedia
Live stats, audio and video of Saturday’s contest 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 radio with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson. A live webcast can be seen on www.NortheastConference.tv.

Scouting Central Connecticut State
The Blue Devils enter Saturday with an 11-12 overall record and 5-7 mark in the NEC, tied at ninth in the standings with Mount St. Mary’s. Central Connecticut has won five of its last eight games, including a league victory over St. Francis (N.Y.), 67-51, on Feb. 6. Two Blue Devils posted double figures in the scoring column, including Juniors Kirsten Daamen (19 pts.) and Jaclyn Babe with a game-high 22 points. Jaclyn Babe currently leads the team with 15.6 points per game, which also ranks sixth amongst NEC opponents, while Daamen’s 13.2 ppg is 10th in the league standings. Sophomore Jessica Babe, the Blue Devils’ top-rebounder, averages 7.4 rebounds per contest, while Daamen averages 5.5 boards. Daamen also leads the conference with 61 blocks on the year.

All-Time Against The Blue Devils
Quinnipiac currently leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut, 26-13. The Bobcats also lead the Division I series with the Blue Devils, 20-7. 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.

Celebrating Girls & Women In Sports
All fans are invited to celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day during and prior to the Central Connecticut State versus Quinnipiac women’s basketball game on Saturday. Numerous events will be held throughout the day coinciding with the NEC Rivalry Week contest.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats’ ended their season-best seven-game winning streak with an NEC loss at Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-65, on Monday, Feb. 6. Quinnipiac saw four Bobcats with double figures in the scoring column, including Felicia Barron with a team-high 17 points and a game-high six steals. Brittany McQuain pulled down a team-high nine rebounds as QU shot 33.8 percent from the floor. Together, both squads combined for 57 turnovers on the night.

Halftime Stats
Monday’s outing at FDU marked the first time the Bobcats have lost a game this season when leading at the half. Quinnipiac is now 12-1 when outscoring opponents at halftime.

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’ success thus far during the 2011-12 season.

Believe In Barron
Junior Felicia Barron has tallied a team-leading and career-best 409 points this season. With six 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 902 points in her career at Quinnipiac.

Fantastic Freshmen
Freshman Jasmine Martin collected a career-high four steals and her first block against FDU to help the Bobcats compile 19 steals in the outing.

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 11.2 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 23 games this year and has compiled 106 steals on the year, which leads the QU Division I Single-Season record for steals. Erin Kerner previously led the category with 78 steals during the 2005-06 season.

Road Warriors
Before playing 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. The Bobcats look to match the streak as they play their next two games on the road.

Magic At Monmouth
Quinnipiac won its seventh straight game of the season with a 75-63 win at Monmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4. Four Bobcats recorded double digits in the scoring column, including Felicia Barron with a game-high 23 points. Freshman Samantha Guastella led the team with seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks on the afternoon as the team outshot the Hawks with a 48.4 field-goal percentage (30-for-62). The Bobcats forced 19 turnovers on which they converted one-third of their total offense (25 pts).

Making History
Freshman Samantha Guastella blocked a career-high seven shots against the Hawks on Saturday at the MAC. The rookie’s seven-block performance is the second most in a single game in the program’s Division I history. Kim Misiasek set the record of eight blocks in a single contest during the 1998 season at Monmouth.

Come Together
Six Bobcats have put together more than 100 points this year, including two freshmen in Jasmine Martin (247) and Samantha Guastella (135). All of which, are shooting above the 35-percent mark from the floor.

QU Wins When…
The Bobcats are undefeated, with a 14-0 record, when shooting better than their opponents this season. Quinnipiac is also undefeated when playing on Saturday, 8-0.

National Standings
As of Feb. 6, Quinnipiac remained at 57th in the RPI Rankings, for the second consecutive week. The Bobcats continue to lead all NEC teams in the NCAA’s RPI standings.

Shoot For The Stars
The Bobcats continue to dominate the NEC in scoring with 70.0 points per game. Felicia Barron ranks second in the league and in the top-50 of the national rankings with 17.8 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 42.7 boards per outing. The Bobcats collected 50 or more rebounds in back-to-back outings, prior to playing Wagner. Brittany McQuain leads the Bobcats’ rebounding efforts with 9.4 rpg, which also ranks fourth amongst NEC opponents and in the top-50 of the national standings.

A Look At The Standings
Quinnipiac continues to hold the second spot in the NEC rankings at 9-3 in league play. Intra-state foe Sacred Heart remains in first at 10-2, while Monmouth and Saint Francis (Pa.) rank third with an 8-4 mark. Four NEC opponents hold the fifth position with a 6-6 record in conference action, including LIU Brooklyn, Bryant, Robert Morris and Fairleigh Dickinson. Central Connecticut State and Mount St. Mary’s stand in ninth at 5-7, while St. Francis (N.Y.) and Wagner round out the rankings.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when they host CCSU for the second match-up of Rivalry Week on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu