Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (1-4, 0-0 Ivy)
Wednesday, November 28, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Payne Whitney Gym – New Haven, Conn.
Bulldogs Host the Bobcats
Quinnipiac travels down the road to take on the Yale Bulldogs Wednesday night at the Payne Whitney Gym at 7 p.m. The Bobcats start the season at 3-0 coming off a win at home against the University of Rhode Island. Yale starts their season off at 1-4, in non-conference action.
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 Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.
Scouting the Bulldogs
With a rough 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season Yale is coming off tough back to back road losses against DePaul University and Northwestern. Leading the Bulldog's backcourt is sophomore, guard, Sarah Halejian who has started in all five of Yale's games and averages 14.2 points a game with 71 total to start the season. Janna Graf also leads the Bulldogs in boards with 34 rebounds and nine steals so far this year. Graf averages 10.4 points per game. In their most recent outing the Bulldogs fell to the Wildcats of Northwestern University, 83-75. Senior reserve Megan Vasquez led the team with 21 points against the Big Ten opponent while Graf picked up 12 boards and nine points.
All-Time Against Yale
The midweek contest marks the 17th all-time meeting between the two universities. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 9-7, 9-5 since becoming Division I. In their most recent meeting, Quinnipiac pulled through with the win over the Bulldogs, 68-63, on December 20, 2011.
Bobcats Ram Rhode Island
Opening their season at home, Quinnipiac continued their 2-0 start against Rhode Island at the TD Bank Center in Hamden, Conn. on Saturday Nov. 24. Quinnipiac poured in a season-best 47 points in the first half behind 52.9 percent shooting from the floor; a feat they only accomplished once last season in a big win at Bryant on Jan. 21, 2012. Coming out of the gates strong for the Bobcats was senior Felicia Barron who led the backcourt with 17 points and 3 steals. Along with Barron, sophomore forward Nikoline Osetergaard collected a career high of 10 points all in the first half of play. For the game, the Bobcats forced 18 URI turnovers which resulted in 23 points on the other end of the court. Quinnipiac also mustered a 34-26 edge in the paint, another major factor in the outcome.
Bobcat point guards Gillian Abshire, Lisa Lebak and Shaina Earle combined for 11 assists and 1 turnover in the home opener against Rhode Island on Saturday. For the year they have already compiled 20 assists and just 7 turnovers to start Quinnipiac's 3-0 season.
Cracking the Rankings
Announced November 20th by College Insider Sports, the Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team cracked the polls ranking 22nd in the Women's Mid-Major Top 25 after the teams exceptional start to the season at, 2-0. Among the other teams to top the ranks are Green Bay, Gonzaga, and Delaware.
Barron Banks it Back Home
Senior Felicia Barron continues to lead the Bobcats this season already collecting 49 points and 8 steals to add to her senior campaign. The veteran Bobcat returned home to her native Western Massachusetts to take on UMass. Barron matched her career best from the floor with 26 points and averaging 24.5 points per outing.
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire marked a career best in Friday's match against UMass Amherst. The composed killer on the court provided the Bobcats with 10 points to surpass her previous career high from her freshman campaign. The Washington DC native went 7-8 at the charity stripe shooting 87.5 % from the line. Abshire also provided the Bobcats with four boards, three assists and three steals to make her a threat from any side of the court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Napolitano 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 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.
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