Women’s Basketball Hosts St. Francis Brooklyn, Monday, Jan. 7, at TD Bank Sports Center

St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (4-8, 1-0 NEC) vs.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-2, 1-0 NEC)
Date: Monday, January 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. St. Francis Brooklyn: 18-6 QU
St. Francis Brooklyn's Last Five: 2-3
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Welcome Terriers
Sitting atop the Northeast Conference standings, the Bobcats will host the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 7 at the TD Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Hamden, Conn. St. Francis Brooklyn enters this match-up with a 4-8 record on the season with its most recent win over Sacred Heart to open conference play.  The Bobcats continue to improve on their 10- 2 season.

On The Air
Live stats, audio and video of Monday night's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule page at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Bobcats fans can listen to the game live on AM-1220 WQUN with the voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer on play-by-play along with Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson providing color commentary.

Scouting St. Francis Brooklyn
The Terriers enter Monday's game with an overall record of 4-8 and 1-0 in NEC competition. Most recently, the Terriers defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers in their first NEC game, 56-47. Sophomore Sarah Bendetti leads the Terriers in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per outing to go along with 4.4 rebounds per game. In St. Francis' front court, Jaymee Veney leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game. In their most recent outing, St. Francis Brooklyn had two players to finish in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Eilidh Simpson, who poured in a career-high 15 points on the afternoon. Simpson was 5-of-14 from the field while hitting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in 24 minutes of action. Junior guard Jasmin Robinson added 14 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting while dishing out a team-high four assists in 22 minutes of play. Benedetti and Jessica Kaufman each added eight points in the victory while fellow classmate Veney pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

All-Time Against The Terriers
Monday night marks the 25th meeting between Quinnipiac and St. Francis with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 18-6. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Terriers, 64-41, on Feb. 20, 2012 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is 8-2 at home against the Terriers.

Last Time Out
In their conference opener, the Bobcats met the LIU Blackbirds on Saturday at the TD Bank Sports Center and walked away with a 67-60 win. Junior Brittany McQuain put together a tremendous afternoon for the Bobcats, picking up a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Jasmine Martin chipped in with 15 points, all coming in the second half, going 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from long range. Quinnipiac took control early on in the game with a 9-1 run over a four minute span in the first half. The Bobcats carried a six-point lead, 30-24, into the break, and then boasted an 11-0 run to a 41-24 lead with 17 minutes to go. LIU managed to cut into its deficit down the stretch, but Felicia Barron and McQuain sealed the deal with four straight free-throws in the waning seconds. Martin adds to her season compiling her seventh straight double-digit game in Bobcat uniform.  At the point guard position for Quinnipiac, sophomore Gillian Abshire and senior Lisa Lebak led the team with seven assists to just one turnover. 

Athlete of the Month
Senior Felicia Barron was named the Women's Athlete of the Month for the month of December, announced on Thursday, Jan. 3, by the Quinnipiac Athletics Department. Barron averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game – a stretch that included double-figure scoring in each game. The highlight of her month came against Hartford where she nearly nabbed a double-double with 16 points and eight steals. She backed that performance up with a month-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting in a big win over BIG EAST foe St. John's on Dec. 22. 

Guastella Named To All-Tourney Team
The sophomore from Red Bank, N.J., Samantha Guastella, was recognized in the Bobcats recent tournament in Miami, Fla., after being named to the Fun & Sun All- Tournament team on Dec. 30.  Guastella picked up her third double-double of the season in the consolation game against Northeastern University, after falling to ACC opponent Georgia Tech.  Guastella collected 16 points and 11 rebounds with 12 of her points coming from behind the arc.

Napolitiano Nets It
Freshman Maria Napolitiano sunk her first career points on Saturday, Dec. 29 against Georgia Tech.  The Cincinnati, Ohio native grabbed a rebound on the defensive end, and raced down the court for a layup and the first points of her career. The rookie ended the game with five points and two rebounds. The freshman went on to collect a career-high of nine points, all coming from behind the arc, against Northeastern on the following night.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 59th in the latest RPI poll, released on Saturday, January 5, 2013. The weekly rankings are a based on wins and losses compared to their strength of schedule. 

Mid-Major Top 25
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was ranked 18th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. The 10-2 record is their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 16th in the country with a turnover margin of plus-6.9 a game. The Bobcats have 176 turnovers compared to 252 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 31th in the nation in steals per game at 12.4 per game as well as 23rd in the nation from long range shooting 35.9 percent.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks fifth in the nation in steals per game (4.1). So far this year the guard has compiled 45 steals this season. Most recently, she collected a game-high of eight steals in the games against Hartford (12/16).  Last year the Springfield, Mass. native ended the season leading the country with 133 steals. 

Dishing Out
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 43rd in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).  For the season, 'Boo' has 55 assists to only 26 turnovers. In the game against Yale (11/28), Abshire collected eight assists and only one turnover in her best performance of her sophomore campaign. 

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