January 25, 2013

Women’s Basketball Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson On Saturday – Live On ESPN3 and FCS

Fairleigh Dickinson  (8-9, 3-3 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-2, 6-0 NEC)

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. FDU: 21-5 
Fairleigh Dickinson Last Five:  4-1
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Quinnipiac Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson
Sitting atop the Northeast Conference standings, the Bobcats continue their 2012-13 season on Saturday when they host the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The teams will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Knights enter Saturday's game with an overall mark of 8-9 and a 3-3 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats are 15- 2 thus far, looking to improve upon their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.

Pack the Place Pink
The Bobcats will support the "Play 4Kay" initiative which is designed to help raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research.  Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Quinnipiac Bobcats and wear pink to cheer on the Bobcats.  

On The Air
Saturday's game will be streamed online through NEC Front Row and ESPN3 by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. In addition, fans can tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where the Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

Scouting Fairleigh Dickinson
The Knights enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 8-9 and 3-3 in NEC competition. Most recently, Fairleigh Dickinson fell to LIU Brooklyn, 62-70, at home on Monday in Hackensack N.J. Junior guard Danielle Pankey leads the Knights in scoring with 16.0 points per outing. Right behind her is sophomore Erika Livermoore, who contributes 14.2 points and 11.8 boards per game. Livermoore has 14 double-doubles on the season and is going on her eighth consecutive double-double. Recently against the Blackbirds, Miah Register led FDU with a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, while picking up a game-high three steals. Pankey added 14 points, and Livermore finished with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with a game-high two blocks and two steals.

All-Time Against The Knights
Monday marks the 27th meeting between Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson, with the Bobcats leading the all-time series 21-5. QU remains undefeated at home, 11-0, and is 8-5 on the road with two NEC Quarterfinal wins at neutral sites. Last season, the Bobcats fell to the Knights on the road, 74-65. Four Bobcats saw double figures in the outing, including Felicia Barron (17), Jasmine Martin (15), Brittany McQuain (13) and Samantha Guastella (10).

Last Time Out
On Monday against the Red Flash, Quinnipiac added another win with an 81-69 victory over the second place team in the NEC.  Felicia 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.  Sophomore Jasmine 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. The last time a pair scored 20+ points in Bobcat uniform was on Dec. 2 as Quinnipiac faced Rider in the Brown Bear Classic in Providence R.I. Camryn Warner and Brittany McQuain paced the front court, combining for 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Gillian "Boo" Abshire composed a steady offense with seven points and game-high eight assists.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 66th in the latest RPI poll, released on Sunday, January 24, 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 10th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Their latest ranking is their best since joining NCAA Division I and their 15-2 record is their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked fifth in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 7.75 a game. The Bobcats have 266 turnovers compared to 402 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 27th in the nation in steals per game at 12.1 per game as well as 16th in the nation from long range shooting 87.5 percent and assists per game 17.0.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks seventh in the nation in steals per game (3.69). So far this year the guard has compiled 66 steals this season. 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 13th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.47).  For the season, 'Boo' has 92 assists to only 37 turnovers. In the game against Bryant (1/14), Abshire collected a career high of 10 assists and only one turnover in her best performance of her sophomore campaign. Recently, Boo has had seven straight games with at least five assists and has had 25 assists to only five turnovers in the last three games.

All That Jazz
Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin has reached double-figures in 12 consecutive games dating back to the game against Rider on December 2. Martin's run is the longest active streak on the line-up and the longest one by a player for the 2012-13 season.  In her last outing, Martin matched her career high of 21 points – making it 14 out of her last 15 games with double-figures in the scoring column.

McQuain Named NEC Player of the Week
Junior Brittany McQuain was recognized by Northeast Conference as Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 14, 2013. McQuain averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest over a two-game swing that featured a home fate against defending NEC champion Sacred Heart and a road game at Bryant.  The power forward shot 54 percent from the field during the stretch and was charged with only two personal fouls all weekend. 

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