Women’s Basketball Moves Up to 10th in College Insider Mid-Major Poll


HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team jumped up two spots and cracked the top-10 in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 22, 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 15-2 overall and 6-0 in conference competition with two NEC wins this past weekend. Off and running to their best start since the 2007-08 campaign, Quinnipiac defeated Robert Morris and Saint Francis Pa. in this past weekend's competition.

On Saturday the Bobcats defeated Robert Morris, 61-52, on the road in Pennsylvania.  Leading the way for the Bobcats was senior guard Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.), who compiled 14 points and seven steals as she finished 6-of-10 from the field.  Junior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) mirrored Barron's efforts with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats.  Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J) added 11 points for her 11th consecuative game in double-digits for Quinnipiac. Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) went three of five from the floor in the first half, concluding the game with seven points.  Coming out of the locker room, Barron caught fire in the second half with 10 of her 14 points coming in the stanza.  Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) also garnered seven assists with only one turnover.  Junior Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) collected eight points and a season high of eight rebounds in the match.

On Monday against the Red Flash, Quinnipiac added another win with an 81-69 victory over the second place team in the NEC.  Barron once again excelled collecting a career high of 28 points, going 10-of-19 from the floor along with 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.  Martin also added 21 points to match her career-high and her 12th consecutive double-digit performance, as the duo combined for 49 points – more than half of the team's total. Warner and  McQuain paced the front court, combining for 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Abshire composed a steady offense with seven points and game-high eight assists.

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. Green Bay claimed second, the Bulldogs of Gonzaga garnered third, while Toledo and Chattanooga rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford (No. 23), who defeated the Bobcats on Dec. 16th, and James Madison (Honorable Mention), who the Bobcats defeated in their season-opener.

The Bobcats host the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights on Saturday, Jan. 26.  Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. with all the action live on Fox College Sports (FCS) and ESPN3. FDU is 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the NEC. 

Update: January 22nd, 2013

1. Delaware (24) 13-3 767 1 Colonial
2. Green Bay (2) 14-2 699 4 Horizon
3. Gonzaga (3) 15-5 691 2 West Coast
4. Toledo 15-2 677 3 Mid-American
5. Chattanooga (1) 14-3 621 5 Southern
6. Creighton (1) 13-4 595 6 Missouri Valley
7. Middle Tennessee 13-5 538 8 Sun Belt
8. Princeton 10-5 536 9 Ivy
9. Boston University 16-3 522 7 America East
10. Quinnipiac 15-2 408 12 Northeast
11. BYU 12-5 401 13 West Coast
12. Florida Gulf Coast 15-5 393 11 Atlantic Sun
13. Marist 11-6 383 14 Metro Atlantic
14. Bowling Green 12-5 373 10 Mid-American
15. Hampton 14-5 321 15 MEAC
16. Albany 14-3 271 19 America East
17. Pacific 14-3 250 16 Big West
18. South Dakota State 14-6 235 17 Summit
19. Western Kentucky 15-3 200 21 Sun Belt
20. UALR 11-7 156 18 Sun Belt
21. Missouri State 9-8 147 20 Missouri Valley
22. Harvard 10-5 126 23 Ivy
23. Hartford 12-7 116 22 America East
24. Appalachian State 12-3 102 24 Southern
25. San Diego 11-7 99 25 West Coast

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Saint Mary's 82, Central Michigan 65, Stetson 57, Drexel 51, Youngstown State 40, Illinois State 33, Old Dominion 27, James Madison 24, Liberty 15, Akron 12, Hofstra 12, Campbell 11, Idaho State 10, Cal State Northridge 3, Army 2, Presbyterian 2, Iona 1, Wichita State 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