Women's Basketball Faces In-state Rival Sacred Heart On Monday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-2, 1-0 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (6-1, 1-0 NEC)
Monday, December 5, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Host Sacred Heart
The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team (5-2, 1-0 NEC) will host in-state foe Sacred Heart (6-1, 1-0 NEC) on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Both teams stand undefeated in Northeast Conference play after winning each of their conference openers on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Bobcats won their fifth straight contest as they defeated Bryant, 67-56, while the Pioneers knocked off Central Connecticut State, 53-40.

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

Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart enters the NEC match-up at 6-1 on the year, after picking up its only loss of the season at St. Joseph’s, 63-54. The Pioneers have defeated non-conference opponents including Siena, 62-45, Columbia, 60-42, Lehigh, 68-41, Colgate, 78-51, and Stony Brook, 55-33. In its most recent outing, Sacred Heart defeated Central Connecticut State, 53-40, to go ahead 1-0 in the league standings. Callan Taylor picked up a double-double with 15 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds, while Gabrielle Washington scored a career and game-high 17 points in the NEC victory. Taylor leads the Pioneers with 14.7 points and 10.1 boards per game, while Washington currently averages 11.1 points per contest. Additionally, Taylor posts a 55.4 shooting percentage (41-for-74) from the floor. Overall, Sacred Heart has outscored its opponents by 15 points per game, 61.4-to-46.5.

All-Time Against The Pioneers
Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac, 33-24. Last year, the Bobcats split a pair of games against the Pioneers during NEC Rivalry week as they won, 61-56, on Feb. 12 and lost, 66-54, on Feb. 14 during the 2010-11 season.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats won their fifth straight game as they earned their first NEC win of the season against Bryant, 67-56, on Saturday, Dec. 3. It was a record-breaking day for Quinnipiac as junior Felicia Barron broke a Division I single-game record as she compiled 12 steals in the league win. Barron also scored 16 points to collect her first double-double of the season. Sophomore Brittany McQuain recorded her 13th career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Jasmine Martin registered a game-high 18 points.

Stealing The Show
The Bobcats combined for 20 steals against Bryant, the most since most since Quinnipiac tallied 21 steals at Sacred Heart on February 25, 2006.

Stealing Her Way To The Top
After making a career-high 12 steals against Bryant, Junior Felicia Barron currently averages 6.1 steals per game. As of Nov. 27, Barron had ranked third in the nation in steals per game. However, Barron’s record-breaking number of steals against the Bulldogs puts her at the top of the leader board.

Double Trouble
As of Nov. 27, sophomore Brittany McQuain was tied at fifth in the nation in double-doubles (4). After collecting an additional two double-doubles during this week’s wins against UMass and Bryant, McQuain has totaled six on the year.

Brittany On The Boards
McQuain currently averages a team-leading 10.7 rebounds per game to rank in the top-25 of the national rankings.

A Season First
Quinnipiac had two players record a double-double against Bryant as Felicia Barron (16 pts, 12 steals) and Brittany McQuain (11 pts, 11 rebs.) each posted double figures in two statistical categories, for the first time during this year.

The Bobcats Can Block
Quinnipiac picked up a season-high nine blocks against Bryant to combine for 81 blocks on the year. Sophomore Camryn Warner led the Bobcats with a career-high five blocks in the outing.

Gillian’s Got It
Freshman Gillian “Boo” Abshire recorded career-highs against the Bulldogs as she registered seven points and eight rebounds. Abshire currently averages 2.7 points and 4.3 boards per game.

Assisting The Win
The Bobcats totaled 17 assists in the team’s win over Bryant, led by junior Lisa Lebak who tallied a team-leading five assists in the contest, while Felicia Barron and Jacinda Dunbar each added four assists.

Turning It Around
Quinnipiac forced a season-high 20 turnovers against Bryant, creating 21.3 turnovers per game this year.

Leading Ladies
Three Bobcats post double-figures in points per game including Felicia Barron (14.1), Jasmine Martin (13.3) and Brittany McQuain (13.1).  McQuain and Camryn Warner lead Quinnipiac in rebounds with 10.7 and 6.1 boards per game, respectively.

Guardian Angel
Felicia Barron continues to lead the Bobcats on the court. The 5-7 guard ranks first in several statistical categories, including points (99), assists (26), steals (43), and assists (26).

Charity Stripe Stats
Freshman Jasmine Martin is currently shooting a team-high 76 percent (19-for-25) from the free-throw line.

What’s Ahead for Quinnipiac In 2011
The Bobcats compete in four non-conference games for the remainder of 2011. Quinnipiac will travel to play Rhode Island on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. before hosting Yale on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. The team will then play a pair of road games at American on Wednesday, Dec. 28 and Army on Friday, Dec. 30, both of which will start at 7 p.m.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu