Women's Basketball Hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) In Regular-Season Finale

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (21-7, 13-4 NEC) vs.
Saint Francis (Pa.) University Red Flash (13-15, 10-7 NEC)
Monday, February 27, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

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Bobcats Play In Regular-Season Finale
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (21-7, 13-4 NEC) is set to host its regular-season finale against Northeast Conference opponent Saint Francis (Pa) University (13-15, 10-7 NEC) on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The second-place Bobcats enter Monday after falling to Robert Morris, 72-62, on Saturday afternoon while the Red Flash lost to Sacred Heart, 66-61, in their most recent outing.

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

Scouting Saint Francis (Pa.)
Saint Francis (Pa.) currently stands at 13-15 on the year and 10-7 in league play, which ranks the Red Flash at fifth in the NEC standings alongside Mount St. Mary’s. In its most recent outing, SFU lost to first-place Sacred Heart, 66-61, on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Red Flash’s Alli Williams led the game with 26 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Alexa Hayward registered 11 points. Saint Francis (Pa.) shot 34.5 percent on the afternoon (19-for-55) and went 16-for-20 from the line (80.0 percent). Overall, the Red Flash average 64.2 ppg and 38.3 rpg. Williams currently leads SFU with 16.9 points and 6.0 boards per game.

All-Time Against The Red Flash
Monday marks the 25th meeting between Quinnipiac and Saint Francis (Pa.), with the Red Flash leading the all-time series, 16-8. QU is 3-7 at home, but leads the series at the TD Bank Sports Center, 2-1.

Last Time Against SFU
Earlier in the year, the Bobcats defeated the Red Flash, 85-73, on Jan. 14 in a game held at the DeGol Arena in Loretto, Pa. Quinnipiac combined for a season-best 60.8 field-goal percentage (31-for-51) against the Red Flash, while its final 85-point total stands as the team’s second highest this year. Together, the Bobcats finished 10 three-pointers as they shot a season-high 71.4 percent from three-point range. Felicia Barron led the game with 24 points, while Kari Goodchild scored a season-high 16 pts for the Bobcats. Rhonda Watts tallied a team-best 17 points for the Red Flash.

Last Time Out
In its most recent contest, Quinnipiac lost to NEC foe Robert Morris, 72-62, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats were led by Felicia Barron’s 21 points and Brittany McQuain’s double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Camryn Warner also matched a career-high 13 points in the outing. Additionally, QU honored its two seniors, Kari Goodchild and Jacinda Dunbar, prior to tip off.

Record Crowd
Quinnipiac played in front of a season-best crowd of over 1,000 people as it celebrated Senior Day on Saturday against Robert Morris.

Seeing Double
Sophomore Brittany McQuain recorded her 11th double-double of the season and 17th of her career despite the Bobcats’ loss to Robert Morris. McQuain leads QU in double-doubles and is the team’s top-rebounder, averaging 9.5 rpg and is third on the team in scoring offense with 10.5 points per contest.

Believe In Barron
The Bobcats’ Felicia Barron continues to lead the team’s offensive effort with a team-leading 17.3 points per game. The 5-7 guard also leads the team, NEC, and nation in steals with 4.4 per game. She continues to close down on reaching the 1,000-point mark as she’s compiled a career-high 483 points in her junior season and 976 points in her career.

The Bobcats’ Bench
The Bobcats’ bench continues to be a tremendous asset this season as they’ve combined for 25.6 points per game, while Quinnipiac’s opponents’ reserves average 16.7 points per contest. QU’s bench totaled a season-high 46 points earlier in the season against Mount St. Mary’s on Jan. 30. In addition, nine players on QU’s squad of 15 student-athletes are currently averaging minutes in the double-digits.

Barron On The Boards
Brittany McQuain has currently pulled down 267 rebounds this season, which ranks fourth in QU’s Division-I single-season history for rebounds. In just two seasons, McQuain has compiled 542 boards, which is fifth in QU’s Division I career category for rebounds.

Stealing Streaks
QU’s Felicia Barron continues to rule the nation in steals per game (4.4) as she’s led the Bobcats’ efforts to lead the league with 11.0 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 28 games this year and has compiled 122 steals on the year. Barron broke the QU Division I Single-Game and Single-Season steals record earlier in the year.

Sensational Scoring
The Bobcats continue to dominate the NEC in scoring with 68.2 points per game, while their scoring margin of +6.2 ranks second. Felicia Barron ranks second in the league and in the top-50 of the national rankings with 17.3 ppg. Jasmine Martin (10.8) 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 four 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.

2012 NEC Tournament
QU, which currently ranks second, has clinched a spot in the 2012 NEC Tournament. Sacred Heart currently stands in first place, while Robert Morris and Monmouth hold the third position. Mount St. Mary’s and Saint Francis (Pa.) rank fifth, while LIU Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson stand in the seventh and eight spots, respectively. The Bobcats will host a Quarterfinal game, which begins on Saturday, March 3.

Conference Stats
QU currently averages 69.7 points per game against conference opponents and posts a 69.7 scoring margin. The Bobcats also average 41.7 rebounds per contest against NEC schools while shooting 39.8 percent from the floor.

RPI Rankings
QU moved into the 49th position, atop all NEC opponents, in the NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI rankings on Monday, Feb. 20. The Bobcats were previously ranked 62nd in last week’s standings.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts a Quarterfinal match-up in the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament on Saturday, March 3. Seeding for the tournament will be determined after Monday night games are played.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu