December 2, 2012

Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Will Play Rider in Brown Bear Classic Championship, Sunday, Dec. 2

Rider University (3-3, 0-0 MAAC)vs.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-0, 0-0 NEC) 

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center, Providence, R.I.
Series vs. Rider: First Meeting
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Rider Last Five: 2-3
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: Live Video
Live Stats:
  Game Stats 

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Championship Matchup
Quinnipiac will take on Rider University in the Championship round of the Brown Bear Classic on Sunday, December 2.  Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.  Rider is currently 3-3 on their season after beating Brown University yesterday in the opening round, 57-47.  The Bobcats continued their perfect 5-0 start to the year with a win over New Hampshire in the second game last night. 

Brown Bear Classic
The New Hampshire Wildcats and the hosting Bears will square off in the consolation game on Sunday as well. Tip off is set for 4 p.m.

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 Broncs

Rider is off to a 3-3 start this season.  The Broncs are entering Sunday's action coming off a win over Brown University 57-47 in the Semifinals of the Brown Bear Tournament.  The Broncs are led by senior guard Sironda Chambers who is averaging 16.3 points per game as well as junior MyNeshia McKenzie who brings in 13.2 points per game to go along with 9.2 rebounds per game.  McKenzie led the MAAC last season in rebounding. Rider returns four of their starting five and nine letter-winners from last season where they finished 11-19 overall and 3-15 in conference play. In Saturday's matchup against the Brown Bears, Chambers scored 23 points, just one shy of her career-high.  Senior Caitlin Bopp also helped the backcourt finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds for her 20th career double-double and fifth of the season

All-Time Against Rider
This weekend's matchup marks the first time the two programs will meet.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac defeated New Hampshire, 60-53, to advance on in the Brown Bear Classic Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1. Sophomore Samantha Guastella scored a team-high 13 points and blocked two shots. Guastella sparked a 23-7 run over a 12-minute span which granted the Bobcats a commanding 16-point lead with two minutes left in the first half.   Senior guard Felicia Barron continued her strong start for the Bobcats, collecting 10 points and three assists.  Nikoline Ostergaard finished the game with eight points and three rebounds.  Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) and Shaina Earle (South Orange, N.J.) each gave quality minutes off the bench.  Warner finished with seven points and five boards, while Earle had three points, three rebounds and an assist.

Sensational Start
With Saturday's win over New Hampshire, the Bobcats improve to 5-0 overall for the 2012-13 season. The five straight wins is a first for the Bobcats since joining the NCAA's highest division. The last time Quinnipiac started the season with five straight wins was back in the 1986-87 campaign under head coach Barry Wolfston when he led, the then Braves, to nine straight wins out of the gate.

Making Her Mark
Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard continues to improve this season, shattering her career bests in back-to-back games.  The forward compiled 12 points in Wednesday's game against Yale while also totaling four rebounds, three assists and two steals. So far this year, Ostergaard is 9-for-13 (69.2%) from the field. The Denmark native also went 5-for-5 from the field against Yale. The last player to shoot 100% from the floor, on five or more shots, was Sarah McGowan at Vermont on Nov. 22, 2008.

College Sports Madness
Senior Felicia Barron was recognized earlier this week by College Sports Madness as the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 26. Barron's compiles 17 points and three assists in a non-conference win against the Atlantic-10's University of Rhode Island. 

Rookie Move
Freshman Forward Katie Carroll registered her first career points on Wednesday, Nov. 28.  The West Lake, Ohio native scored on a put-back, reverse layup to give the Bobcats the 87-57 lead with 1:47 remaining in regulation.  The rookie ended the game with two points and three rebounds.

Top 25
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team remains ranked in the College Insider Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Bobcats were recently ranked 22nd after improving to 4-0 on the year. 

Three's Company
Bobcat point guards Gillian AbshireLisa Lebak and Shaina Earle combined for 11 assists and 1 turnover in the home opener against Rhode Island on Saturday, Nov. 26.  For the year they have already compiled 20 assists and just 7 turnovers. 

Boo's Best
Gillian Abshire marked a career best in Friday's game against UMass Amherst. The sophomore point guard 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 while also providing the Bobcats with four boards, three assists and three steals.

Barron Named Player of the Week 11/12
Monday, Nov. 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.  The veteran power forward totaled 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, recording her first double-double in Bobcat uniform, Guastella knocked back 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

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