January 6, 2012

Women's Basketball Continues NEC Play At St. Francis (N.Y.) On Saturday Afternoon

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 1-1 NEC) vs.
St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers (1-12, 0-2 NEC)
Saturday, January 7, 2012 – 2:00 p.m.
Pope Physical Education Center – Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Bobcats Resume NEC Play
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (9-4, 1-1 NEC) will resume Northeast Conference play when they take on St. Francis (N.Y.) College (1-12, 0-2 NEC) on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

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Live audio and video of Saturday’s match-up 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 online with AM-1220 WQUN’s with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson.

Scouting St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Terriers currently stand at 1-12 on the year and 0-2 in league action. St. Francis (N.Y.) picked up a 48-44 win against Columbia at home and lost to NEC opponents, Wagner, 49-45, and Mount St. Mary’s, 70-48, earlier in the season. Saint Francis (N.Y.) dropped its most recent outing at Manhattan, 50-37, on Dec. 28. The Terriers currently average 45.4 points per game and post a 39.4 field-goal shooting percentage. Jaymee Veney leads the team with 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Jasmine Robinson ranks second in scoring with 8.3 points per game and leads the Terriers in steals (19) and assists (29). Sarah Benedetti leads St. Francis (N.Y.) from three-point range with a 31.7 shooting percentage (20-for-63), while Veney averages a team-leading 70.3 percent shooting percentage from the charity stripe.

All-Time Against the Terriers
Saturday marks the 23rd meeting between Quinnipiac and St. Francis (N.Y.) with the Bobcats leading the all-time series with St. Francis (N.Y.), 16-6. Quinnipiac is 8-2 in Hamden, Conn. and 8-4 on the road. Last year, the Bobcats outlasted the Terriers, 56-54, on Feb. 7, 2011 on the road. QU’s Brittany McQuain led the game with 17 points.

Last Time Out
In its most recent outing, the Bobcats dropped its final non-conference tilt of the season to St. Joseph’s, 71-54, at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac freshman Samantha Guastella registered a career-high 16 points and matched a career-high eight boards against the Hawks. Despite the loss, the Bobcats forced 18 turnovers on the night.

Looking For 100
Head coach Tricia Fabbri looks for her 100th road-win as Quinnipiac plays at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon.

Still At The Top In Steals
Junior Felicia Barron continues to lead the nation, league and team in steals with 70 on the year and 5.4 steals per game.

Dominating Double-Doubles
Sophomore Brittany McQuain ranks in the top-20 in the national standings with seven double-doubles on the year. The sophomore has combined for 14 career double-doubles.

She Shoots, She Scores
Felicia Barron is currently in the fifth slot of the NEC rankings with 15.8 points per game. Barron is the only Bobcat to have reached the 200-point mark with 200 total points this season.

Ranking In Rebounds
Forward Brittany McQuain leads the team and ranks second in the league with 9.9 rebounds per game, which also stands in the top-30 of the national leader board. The 5-11 sophomore has collected 129 boards this year.

The Bobcats Can Block
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner ranks fourth in the conference standings in blocks per game (1.46) with 19 total on the year.

Featured Freshman
Freshman Jasmine Martin leads the Bobcats and ranks sixth in the NEC standings with a 77.6 free-throw shooting percentage. Martin currently ranks second on the team in points per game (11.2) and is one of three Bobcats to have reached the 100-point scoring mark with 145 points in her rookie campaign.

Felicia From Three-Point Range
Felicia Barron is second in the conference rankings in three-point field goals made as she averages 1.92 three-pointers per game. The 5-7 guard leads the Bobcats with a total of 25 three-pointers this season.

The Scoring Situation
The Bobcats currently leads the Northeast Conference in scoring offense with 66 points per game. The team also ranks fifth amongst NEC schools with a +0.7 scoring margin.

Bobcats On The Boards
Quinnipiac also ranks first in league action in rebounding offense as they currently average 43.2 boards per game. The Bobcats are fifth in the conference standings in rebounding margin (+1.3).

Leading The League
The Bobcats are at the top of the NEC rankings in assist-turnover ratio (0.88) and also lead the conference with a turnover margin of +3.38. Quinnipiac ranks second in assists per game (14.31) and third in steals per game (10.46) amongst the NEC competition.

The Bobcats Win When…
Quinnipiac has earned each of its nine wins this season when holding its opponents to 69 points or less. The Bobcats have also gone 4-0 when leading at halftime and 6-0 when shooting better than their opponent.

A Win At Army
The Bobcats won their fourth-straight contest and second against a Patriot League foe, when they outlasted Army, 54-51, on Friday, Dec. 30 in West Point, N.Y.  Quinnipiac’s Felicia Barron led the team with 13 points, while Brittany McQuain posted 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the outing. Barron also pulled down a season-high six boards, while freshman Nikoline Ostergaard scored a career-high seven points against the Black Knights. Overall, the Bobcats out-rebounded Army, 44-to-36, and managed to lead by as many as 13 points that night. Additionally, the QU bench registered 16 points, while the team totaled 15 points off turnovers and 10 second-chance points.

A Win At American
Quinnipiac defeated Patriot League opponent American, 72-59, on Dec. 28 in Washington, D.C. in the team’s first meeting in program history. Felicia Barron scored a game-high 21 points, while Brittany McQuain pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. The Bobcats stayed ahead of the Eagles for the entire game and the team’s 13-point final scoring margin registers as Quinnipiac’s highest of the season. The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Eagles, 38-to-32.

Season-High Shooting
Quinnipiac shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor (26-52) and 52.9 percent from three-point range (19-17) at American. Felicia Barron led the Bobcats’ efforts from behind the arc as she finished five-of-eight three-pointers on the night.

What A Good Game
Senior Kari Goodchild scored a season-high 16 points against the Eagles, shooting six-for-eight from the floor and two-for-four from three-point range. She also collected two points from the charity stripe while compiling five boards.

Assisting The Win
Freshman Gillian Abshire tallied a career-high seven assists at American across 22 minutes of play in her 11th start of her rookie campaign.

A Victory Before The Holidays
The Bobcats defeated Yale, 68-63, on Dec. 20. Junior Felicia Barron led Quinnipiac with a season-high 24 points, while sophomore Brittany McQuain posted her seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Over The Hill
The Bobcats outrebounded Yale by 20 (56-to-36) as the team pulled down a season-high 56 rebounds, the first time this season that Quinnipiac has posted above 50 boards in an outing.

What’s Ahead For Quinnipiac
The Bobcats return to action when they host Long Island on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. before traveling to Pennsylvania to take on NEC foes Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. and Robert Morris on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu