Women's Basketball Takes Six-Game Winning Streak To Monmouth On Saturday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-5, 8-2 NEC) vs.
Monmouth University Hawks (12-9, 7-3 NEC)
Saturday, February 4, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Activity Center – West Long Branch, N.J.

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Bobcats Looks For Seventh-Straight Win
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team(16-5, 8-2 NEC) looks to improve its season-best six-game winning streak as it travels to Monmouth University (12-9, 7-3 NEC) on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Bobcats face the Northeast Conference foe for the first time this season at 3 p.m. at the Multipurpose Athletic Center in West Long Branch, N.J. Both teams enter Saturday after picking up league victories on Monday night.

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 live on AM-1220 WQUN radio with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson.

Scouting The Hawks
Monmouth currently stands at 12-9 on the year and 7-3 in conference play which puts the Hawks at third in the league standings, a spot behind Quinnipiac. In their most recent outing, the Hawks defeated Central Connecticut State, 59-56, on Jan. 30. Prior to a 55-49 loss at Bryant the week earlier, Monmouth won eight consecutive games to go 7-1 during the month of January.  The Hawks post a 7-2 record at the MAC, but are 3-7 on the road this season. MU is led by Alysha Womack who averages a team-high 13.2 points per game, while Alexis Canady leads the Hawks in rebounds per game (6.0). Abby Martin is the only other Hawk averaging double figures, besides Womack, with 11.2 points per outing. Martin has compiled a team-leading 19 blocks, while Canady has made 27 steals on the year. Overall, the Hawks currently average 60.3 ppg and 38.2 rpg, while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor.

All-Time Against Monmouth
Saturday marks the 28th meeting between Quinnipiac and Monmouth, with the Hawks leading the all-time series, 14-13. The Bobcats are 6-7 at home and 7-6 on the road against the Hawks, while losing one match-up at a neutral site. QU has also met Monmouth in four NEC Quarterfinal contests, posting a 1-3 mark in tournament play. MU leads the series, 3-2, in games played at the TD Bank Sports Center.  Last year, the Hawks won two out of three meetings with QU, including a 55-36 NEC Tournament first-round win at the MAC on March 5.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its sixth straight game to improve to 8-2 in the NEC and maintain its second-place standing in the league as it cruised past Mount St. Mary’s, 89-73, at home on Monday night. Twelve Bobcats added to the scoreboard, including six in double digits, led by Felicia Barron with a team-high 19 points. QU outshot the Mountaineers with a 58.2 field-goal percentage on the night.

National Standings
As of Jan. 30, Quinnipiac improved to 56th in the RPI Rankings, its best of the 2011-12 season, after compiling back-to-back wins last week. The Bobcats’ standing in the national rankings leads all NEC opponents. Last week, QU was positioned in the 58th slot.

QU Gives Out Pointers
Quinnipiac posted a season-best final point total, 89 points, in its win over Mount St. Mary’s on Monday night. The Bobcats have won each of their last four games by double figures and have recorded at least 71 points in each of their last six outings. The team has also earned four wins this year by scoring at least 80 points, all during the month of January.

Offensive Threats
For the first time this year, six Bobcats recorded double figures in scoring against the Mount on Monday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. Felicia Barron made the largest impact with a team-high 19 points, making it her eighth consecutive appearance with double figures in the scoring column. The 5-7 guard has recorded double digits in all but two games this year.

Dishing Out Dimes
The Bobcats tallied a season-high 24 assists against the Mountaineers on Monday. Freshman Shaina Earle led Quinnipiac in assists with a career-best six on the night.

Shooting For The Stars
Quinnipiac posted their second-best performance of the year in terms of shooting percentage as they finished 32-of-55 attempts from the floor (.582).

QU Athlete Of The Month
Junior Felicia Barron was recently named Quinnipiac Athlete of the Month for January after leading the Bobcats to a 7-1 mark during the month. The Springfield, Mass. native led all Bobcats with an average of 19 ppg and 26.8 minutes per outing, while she made 3.6 steals per contest to maintain her NCAA lead in steals (4.6 spg). Barron also averaged 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds during January, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.

Weekly Honors
Felicia Barron won her third Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week honor on Jan. 31 after leading QU in back-to-back NEC wins against Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner over the weekend. Barron also was selected by College Sports Madness, a collegiate athletics website, as the NEC Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 30 for the second time this year. The 5-7 guard was honored by the website earlier in the season as Mid-Major Player of the Week.

Seeing Double
Sophomore forward Brittany McQuain picked up her ninth double-double of the year and 16th of her career with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday. McQuain currently ranks in the top-25 of the NCAA in double-doubles.

The Bobcats’ Bench
The Bobcats’ bench remains an important asset to their scoring abilities as at least 10 student-athletes have scored in each of Quinnipiac’s last four outings.

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 10.7 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 21 games this year and has compiled 96 steals on the year, which breaks the QU Division I Single-Season record for steals. Erin Kerner previously led the category with 78 steals during the 2005-06 season.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac continues league play on the road when it travels to face Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then take on Central Connecticut State in back-to-back outings as a part of the NEC’s rivalry week. QU will first play at CCSU on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. before hosting the Blue Devils on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu