Women’s Basketball Ranked 12th in College Insider Mid-Major Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team jumped up three spots and was recently ranked 12th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by coaches on the committee. This marks the highest ranking in Quinnipiac history since the Bobcats became eligible for the poll back in 1998 when they joined NCAA Division I. 

Most recently, the Bobcats improved to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in conference competition with two NEC wins this past weekend. Off and running to their best start since the 2007-08 campaign, Quinnipiac defeated Sacred Heart and Bryant in this past weekend's competition.

On Saturday afternoon against Sacred Heart, the Bobcats pulled away in the second half en route to a 74-45 triumph. Sophomore Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) finished with 21 points, going 9-of-16 from the floor, and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. McQuain was joined in double-figures by Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Felicia Barron(Springfield, Mass.) as the duo once again carried the Bobcats backcourt. Martin finished with 14 points and four rebounds, while Barron added 13 points and snatched two steals. Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) earned her first start of the campaign and garnered a season-high nine points to go along with four rebounds. Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) had seven points and game-high six assists.

On Monday night against the Bulldogs, Quinnipiac added another win with a 73-52 victory.  Barron carried the Bobcats with 19 points and four rebounds while McQuain turned in her second straight double-double performance with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four different Quinnipiac players finished in double figures, led by Barron's 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.  Martin had 10 points in the second half to finish with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in the outing.  Abshire compiled a career high of 10 assists while also adding eight points and three steals. Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard (Vaebak, Denmark) recorded 10 points and five rebounds against the Bulldogs.

The top five spots in the College Insider Mid-Major poll contained the same teams with Delaware taking seven first place votes and the No. 1 slot. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga claimed second, Toledo garnered third, while Chattanooga and Green Bay rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford (No. 22), who defeated the Bobcats on Dec. 16th, and James Madison (Honorable Mention), who the Bobcats beat in their season-opener.

The Bobcats travel to Pennsylvania this weekend as they will take on the Robert Morris Colonials on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa.  Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.  The Colonials are currently 3-11 overall and 2-1 in NEC action. 

Update: January 15th, 2013

1. Delaware (7) 11-3 741 2 Colonial
2. Gonzaga (20) 13-5 729 1 West Coast
3. Toledo (3) 13-2 710 4 Mid-American
4. Green Bay (1) 12-2 688 5 Horizon
5. Chattanooga 12-3 605 4 Southern
6. Creighton 12-3 597 6 Missouri Valley
7. Boston University 14-3 537 7 America East
8. Middle Tennessee 11-5 511 9 Sun Belt
9. Princeton 10-5 501 8 Ivy
10. Bowling Green 10-5 405 12 Mid-American
11. Florida Gulf Coast 13-5 399 10 Atlantic Sun
12. Quinnipiac 13-2 389 15 Northeast
13. BYU 12-4 370 14 West Coast
14. Marist 9-6 322 13 Metro Atlantic
15. Hampton 12-5 291 18 MEAC
16. Pacific 12-3 273 21 Big West
17. South Dakota State 13-5 259 17 Summit
18. UALR 11-5 212 16 Sun Belt
19. Albany 12-3 211 NR America East
20. Missouri State 8-7 207 19 Missouri Valley
21. Western Kentucky 13-3 197 22 Sun Belt
22. Hartford 11-6 185 11 America East
23. Harvard 10-5 123 25 Ivy League
24. Appalachian State 10-3 99 20 Southern
25. San Diego 10-6 85 24 West Coast

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Youngstown State 71, Saint Mary's 65, Illinois State 62, James Madison 41, Liberty 41, Old Dominion 34, Central Michigan 28, Stetson 21, Drexel 14, McNeese State 14, Idaho State 11, Campbell 10, Akron 7, Cal State Northridge 5, Florida International 4, Presbyterian 1.


Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

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