January 29, 2012

Women's Basketball Plays Host To Mount St. Mary's On Monday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-5, 7-2 NEC) vs.
Mount St.  Mary’s University Mountaineers (8-12, 4-5 NEC)
Monday, January 30, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

QU Looks For Sixth Straight Win
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (15-5, 7-2 NEC) hosts the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s University (8-12, 4-5) in a Northeast Conference game on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats enter Monday night on a five-game winning streak after defeating Wagner College, 77-60, on Saturday. The Mount lost to Sacred Heart University, 72-54, in their most recent outing.

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Live stats, audio and video of Monday’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 with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson.

Scouting The Mount
The Mountaineers currently stand at 4-5 in league action, one of five schools ranked sixth in the NEC standings. In its most recent outing, the Mount took a 72-54 loss at first-place Sacred Heart. Sophomore essie Kaufman and junior Selina Mann each recorded double figures for the Mountaineers, with 10 points and 10 rebounds, respectively. The Mount currently averages 54.2 points per game, led by junior guard Sydney Henderson’s team-high 11 ppg. Mann (4.4 rpg) and Henderson (4.0 rpg) lead the squad’s rebounding efforts, while Mann also ranks second in the NEC, behind QU’s Felicia Barron, in steals per game (3.6). Henderson also dominates the conference in minutes played as she averages 35.45 minutes per contest.

All-Time Against Mount St. Mary’s
Monday marks the 24th meeting between Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary’s, with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 16-7. The Bobcats are 7-5 at home against the Mount and 8-2 on the road. Last season, QU swept a two-game series with the Mountaineers, picking up two wins during January of 2011.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its fifth straight NEC match-up as it defeated Wagner, 77-60, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Twelve members of the team contributed offensively, for the third consecutive game, including three Bobcats who combined for over half of the QU’s total points, scoring 42 points together. Junior Felicia Barron led the game with 17 points, while senior Kari Goodchild registered 15 points. Sophomore Brittany McQuain collected her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Quinnipiac's tenacious defense forced the Seahawks to make 24 turnovers in the game, putting together 21 points off turnovers and posting 14 steals in total.

Double Trouble
The Bobcats’ Brittany McQuain collected her ninth double-double of the season as she tallied 10 points and a game-high 13 boards in QU’s win over Wagner. The sophomore forward has compiled 16 double-doubles in her career.

QU Wins When…
The Bobcats are undefeated at 10-0 when leading at halftime and post a 12-0 record when shooting better than their opponents.

The Showdown At Sacred Heart
QU handed first-place Sacred Heart its first NEC loss of the season and at home, 71-34, on Jan. 23. The Bobcats were led by Felicia Barron who matched a career-high 26 points, while sophomore Brittany McQuain pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. The Bobcats' 37-point victory against Sacred Heart was their first win at the Pitt Center since the 2000-01 season. Additionally, Quinnipiac's defense held the Pioneers to their lowest point total of the season, and the second fewest since SHU joined the Division I ranks for the 1999-2000 season.

The Bobcats Battle Bryant
Twelve Bobcats finished in the scoring column on Jan. 21 as QU cruised past Bryant, 84-47, at the Chace Athletic Center. The Bobcats' final scoring margin of 37 points was the team's highest this season, before QU won by 37 against SHU. Quinnipiac outshot Bryant from all areas on the court and out-rebounded the NEC-foe, 53-to-37. QU posted a 45.8 field-goal percentage (27-for-59), while shooting a season-high 88.9 percent from the line (24-for-27).

A Look At The League
Quinnipiac continues to rank second in the league, now at 7-2, while Sacred Heart remains in first place with an 8-1 record. Monmouth follows in third at 6-3, while Bryant and Saint Francis (Pa.) are in the fourth slot at 5-4. Five schools stand in sixth place with 4-5 NEC records.

Defense Runs Deep
Quinnipiac saw 12 different Bobcats score in each of its last three outings. Last week, QU’s bench helped the Bobcats defeat each of their NEC opponents by 37 points.  The Bobcats also held Sacred Heart and Bryant to less than 50 points and under a .300 field-goal percentage. SHU managed a season-low 34 points and shot 22 percent from the floor, while the Bulldogs compiled 47 points and a 27.1 shooting percentage.

The Right Choice
Felicia Barron won her second Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week award of her junior campaign on Jan. 24 after leading the conference with an average of 18 ppg in the Bobcats’ two road victories last week. Barron earns back-to-back weekly honors as she helped QU win four consecutive league match-ups.

NCAA RPI Rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 23, the Bobcats ranked 58th in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball RPI Rankings, behind only one NEC opponent in LIU Brooklyn (77th). The Bobcats previously ranked 80th.

Sensational Scoring
The Bobcats continue to dominate the Northeast Conference in scoring with an average of 69 points per game. QU is led by guard Felicia Barron, who ranks second in the league and in the top-60 of the national rankings with 17.5 ppg. Jasmine Martin (11.0ppg) and Brittany McQuain (10.3 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 43.5 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 9.9 rpg, which also ranks third amongst NEC opponents and in the top-50 of the national standings.

Stealing Streaks
QU’s Felicia Barron continues to rule the nation in steals per game (4.55). Felicia has led the Bobcats’ efforts in steals as they currently rank second in the league with 10.7 steals per game. Barron's career-high 12-steal performance against Bryant also is tied at first in the national standings for individual game-highs.

NEC Notes
Quinnipiac currently ranks second in the NEC in steals with 10.7 steals per game and is tied in second with Bryant in assists per game (14.65). The Bobcats also lead the league with a turnover margin of +3.85, while the team’s assist/turnover ratio (.89) ranks second amongst NEC opponents.

Road Warriors
Quinnipiac has won 10-consecutive games on the road this season, posting a 9-1 away record, also winning one neutral game against Minnesota earlier in the season, making it QU’s longest streak at the Division I level and the most since the 1983-84 season when Quinnipiac won 13-straight road games.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
The Bobcats kick off February when they play three consecutive games on the road. QU travels to Monmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., followed by Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then split a pair of games against Central Connecticut State during rivalry week.  

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu