Holy Cross (4-4, 0-0 Patriot)vs.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-0, 0-0 NEC)
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: 1:07 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Holy Cross: Crusaders, 4-2
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Holy Cross Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.com
Quinnipiac Hosts Holy Cross
After winning the Brown Bear Classic last weekend, Quinnipiac is back in action against Holy Cross on Saturday, December 8 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 1:07 p.m. with all the action on live television on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
On The Air
Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcasted live on NESN and can be viewed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary and Jayme Parker reporting on the sideline. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio with Bob Mortali on play-by-play and Bob Tipson on color. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross heads to Hamden, Conn. to take on the Bobcats after a loss to Northeastern on Wednesday night, falling to 4-4 on the year. Prior to its game against the Huskies, Holy Cross fired off a three-game winning-streak - defeating Manhattan, NEC foe Central Connecticut and Massachusetts. Junior Alex Smith leads the Crusaders' offense with 15.9 points per game, while junior forward Christine Ganser leads the front court averaging just over six rebounds per contest thus far. Smith led Holy Cross in scoring against Northeastern with 16 points going 6-of-13 from the floor. Starting guard Brisje Malone also stepped up, leading the team with seven rebounds and six assists to go along with eight points. Holy Cross finished 19-15 overall in 2011-12, and Bill Gibbons has a 519-305 record in his 28th season with the Crusaders.
All-Time Against Holy Cross
Saturday's game marks the seventh meeting between Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. The Crusaders lead the all-time series, 4-2, after handing the Bobcats an 80-70 loss at the Hart Center, in Worchester, Mass. on Nov. 16, 2011. Brittany McQuain recorded her first double-double of the 2011-12 season, while Felicia Barron and Jacinda Dunbar each collected double-figures on the offensive end.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac defeated Rider, 72-57, in the Brown Bear Classic Championship round on Sunday, Dec. 2. Sophomore Jasmine Martin led the team with a season high of 21 points and seven rebounds, while junior power forward Brittany McQuain added 20 points, going 8-of-15 from the floor and snatched eight rebounds to give the Bobcats their sixth consecutive season victory. Senior Felicia Barron also added 12 points, four assists and four steals, while Camryn Warner chimed in with six points and five rebounds. The two teams went back-and-forth in the second half until the 11-minute mark; when McQuain, Martin and the Bobcats pulled away with an 8-0 run. The surge extended the lead to double digits - a lead that the Bobcats would not relinquish.
249 and Counting
Head coach Tricia Fabbri is fast approaching a milestone in her successful career. The head coach who has been on the Bobcat's sidelines for 18 years is at 249 career wins at Quinnipiac. A win on Saturday afternoon against Holy Cross would mark her 250th career victory. Fabbri is already the program's all-time winningest coach with an overall mark of 249-240.
Mid-Major Top 25
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team remains ranked in the College Insider Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Bobcats recently jumped to the 17th spot after improving to 6-0 on the year. The Bobcats moved up five spots from last week's poll.
With the Bobcats Victory on Sunday, junior Brittany McQuain and sophomore Jasmine Martin were selected to the Brown Bear Classic all-tournament team. McQuain was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the tournament. The duo each finished with 20 points giving the Bobcats a 72-57 edge over the Broncs in the championship game.
With the win over Rider (Dec. 2), the Bobcats improved to 6-0 overall for the 2012-13 season. The six straight wins is a first for the Bobcats since joining the NCAA's highest division. The last time Quinnipiac started the season with six 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 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.
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.
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, Nov. 26. For the year they have already compiled 20 assists and just 7 turnovers.
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.
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.
What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
Quinnipiac enters the most difficult portion their schedule as the Bobcats travel to the University of Hartford (Dec. 16) for a showdown against former UConn standout and Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti. The Bobcats will then welcome Big East powerhouse St. John's to the TD Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Red Storm made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, but had their quest for the NCAA Title cut short by the 2nd seeded Duke Blue Devils.
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