November 15, 2012

Women's Basketball Takes on UMass Friday Nov. 16, in Amherst, Mass.

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Massachusetts (1-1, 0-0 A-10)
Friday, November 16, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
William D. Mullins Center – Amherst, Mass. 

2012-13 Season Opener
Quinnipiac continues the beginning of their season on the road against the University of Massachusetts on Friday, November 16 at the William D. Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.  The Bobcats are fresh off a road victory against JMU 65-60.  The Minutemen are also 1-1 for the start to their season.

Live Coverage
Live stats, audio and video of Sunday's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Bobcats fans can listen to the game live with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting the Minutewomen
The Minutewomen are currently 1-1 on the 2012-13 season.  In their most recent outing the Minutewomen fell to Central Connecticut State, 78-69, on Tuesday night.  Sophomore guard Emily Mital led UMass with 22 points posting a single game career high for her second consecutive game.  Also in the front court for Massachusetts senior center, Jasmine Watson marked her 14th career double-double against CCSU.  In their matchup against Kent State, Watson recorded her 1,000 career point to become only the 18th player in program history to be marked in the book. 

All-Time Against Massachusetts
Friday's contest marks the third meeting between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and UMass Minutewomen. The all-time series is tied at 1-1 against the two teams. For their last matchup, Quinnipiac pulled through with a 66-63 win at home over Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. In their first meeting the Minutemen defeated the Bobcats, 82-66, on Dec. 6, 2009 at the University of Miami Holiday Tournament in Florida.

Last Time Out
In their season opener, the Bobcats faced James Madison University at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va. Senior guard Felicia Barron led the team to a 65-60, win over the Dukes; collecting 23 points and five steals along the way.  The Bobcats front court was also put to work, junior Brittany McQuain and sophomore Samantha Guastella each earned their first double-doubles on the season, with a combined 30 points and nine rebounds in the first half.  Quinnipiac worked their way back being down by seven at halftime. Sophomores Nikoline Ostergaard and Jasmine Martin also provided crucial minutes against the Dukes helping the backcourt tremendously throughout the game. 

Barron Named Player of the Week 11/12
Monday, November 12, the Northeast Conference recognized senior guard Felicia Barron as the NEC Co-Player of the Week for her performance against James Madison In the first half alone, she tallied 10 points and four steals against JMU, before turning it on in the second half.  Tied with 15:52 to go in regulation, Barron was able extend the lead with back-to-back shots that brought her to the line advancing the Bobcats, 34-39, a lead that the Dukes were unable to catch.

Double Trouble
With their potent defensive performance against JMU on Nov. 11, junior forward Brittany McQuain recorded her first double- double of the season.  Ending the game, the veteran power forward had 10 points, 10 boards, two blocks and five steals, matching her career best from last season. McQuain now holds 19 double-doubles for her career in Bobcat uniform.  Along with McQuain, sophomore Samantha Guastella was a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood.  Aside from recording her first double-double in Bobcat uniform, Guastella knocked back 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Six of the points came from shots outside of the perimeter, making her a threat at any part of the court.    

2011-12 Standings
The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season at 22-10 on the year and 13-5 in the Northeast Conference to clinch the second seed in the NEC Tournament. The Bobcats lost to No.  3 Monmouth, 69-66, in the NEC semi-final game for their 12th consecutive post-season appearance.

Triple Threat
Quinnipiac will be led by a trio of captains this season, including senior Shelby Sferra and sophomores Gillian "Boo" Abshire and Jasmine Martin.

Barron Bares None
The Bobcats Felicia Barron, a 5-7 guard from Springfield, Mass., returns for her final year of eligibility after a breakout year last season.  The veteran had been named prior to the start of the season in the coaches overall pick for Player of the Year as well as holding a spot in the NEC first team this season.  Barron averaged 16.5 points and 4.2 steals per game in 2011-12 and earned her first career NEC accolade. Furthermore, her 133 steals was a nation-best, while her 16.5 points had her ranked fifth in the Northeast conference. Barron's season was highlighted by a record-breaking performance against Bryant (12/3), where she surpassed the NEC and QU marks for most steals (12) in a game.

Seniors Final Season
Returning for their final seasons alongside Barron are point guard Lisa Lebak and forward Shelby Sferra.  Lebak provides three years of experience, which includes 90 career games, over 200 assists and a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. She appeared in all 32 games last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.9 assists per game. Sferra averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13 games last season.

Queen of the Court
Junior power forward Brittany McQuain returns to the hardwood this season after a tremendous sophomore campaign. The junior was named to the NEC first team at the beginning of this season.  McQuain nearly averaged a double-double last season, bringing in 10.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. McQuain made her mark in the NEC, ranking third in double-doubles (11) and fourth in rebounding; a season highlighted by a 20-point, seven-rebound outburst against Monmouth in the NEC semifinals.

Warning: Warner
Camryn Warner returns for her third season with the Bobcats after showing remarkable strides in 2011-12. The 6-2, forward from Keene, N.H. averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, finishing second on the team in rebounding. Possibly the biggest improvement in her game was on the defensive side of the ball. Warner finished fifth in the Northeast Conference with 42 blocks (1.42 per game), moving her into fourth place all-time in QU Division I history.

Martin is a Must
Jasmine Martin returns to the court after an extremely successful freshman campaign.  The sophomore guard grew into a leader on the court accumulating 348 points her rookie season just behind leading scorer Felicia Barron.  Martin averaged 11.2 points per game and finished second among rookies in scoring within the Northeast conference. Martin led the team with a .330 shooting percentage from long range and boasted a .742 shooting percentage from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Sensation
Quinnipiac returns sophomore point guard Gillian "Boo" Abshire started in all 32 games and averaged a team-best 3.2 assists to go along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 points per game. She crossed the 100-assist plateau in her final game to solidify a 1.42 assist-to-turnover ratio, good enough for fourth in the NEC  Joining the ranks from Red Bank, N.J. is forward Samantha Guastella. She averaged 6.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and especially made an impact last season. Guastella recorded double-figures in six of the final 12 games, including an average of 12 points through the playoffs. Furthermore, her 40 blocks as a freshman is the most by a rookie in the Division I era.

Fresh Feet
In addition to the twelve returnees, the Bobcats add three new faces to the lineup this year. Quinnipiac anticipates freshman Katie Carroll, a 6-0 West Lake, Ohio native, to make an impact early in the season off the bench for the Bobcats.  Maria Napolitiano a 5-8 guard will contribute valuable minutes after being an Ohio All-State selection after a terrific career at Saint Ursula Academy. Adily Martucci a native of Waterford, Conn. will redshirt her freshman season.

Cast of Coaches
Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 18th season with the Bobcats with 243 career victories from the all-time most winningest coach for Quinnipiac. Assisting Coach Fabbri in their fourth and third seasons, respectively, is Mountain MacGillivray and Danielle Brennan.  New to join the sidelines this year, in their first season for Bobcat Basketball is Assistant Coach Marie Warner and Kevin Sokolski as the Director of Basketball Operations.

NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll Predictions
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been selected to finish first in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The poll was announced by the league office on Tuesday, October 23 at its first-ever Media Day held at the new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season in second place in the NEC standings with a 13-5 record in conference play and a 22-10 overall record. Quinnipiac clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament for the 12th consecutive year. Following the Bobcats in the 2012-13 conference polls was Sacred Heart, who was tabbed second with four first-place nods. Monmouth followed in third, while Saint Francis (PA) and Robert Morris carried the fourth and fifth positions in the census. LIU Brooklyn was the coaches' sixth choice, followed by Mount St. Mary's in seventh, Central Connecticut in eighth, Bryant in ninth, while Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.), and Wagner rounded out the poll.

NEC Front Row
The Northeast Conference launched an online web stream site this fall, which allows fans to watch action from around the league free of charge. The site features a multi-event viewer that will allow basketball fans to watch multiple NEC games.

 What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
The Bobcats host Rhode Island in their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac continues non-conference play on the road against intra-state rival Yale on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. The Bobcats will then open December at the Brown Bear Tournament hosted by Brown University where they will have a chance to play New Hampshire, Rider, and Brown on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu