February 12, 2013

Women’s Basketball Meets Intrastate Rival CCSU on Wednesday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (19-2, 10-0 NEC)
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils ( 11-10, 5-5 NEC)
Date: Wednesdday, February 13, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Detrick Gymnasium -  New Britain, Conn.
Series vs. Central: 29-13 
CCSU Last Five:  2-3
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: CCSUBlueDevils.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Blue Devils Host the Bobcats
For the sixth straight week, the Bobcats sit atop the Northeast Conference standings. Quinnipiac will continue its 2012-13 season on Wednesday evening when they visit the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut. The teams are set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn. The Blue Devils enter Wednesday's game with an overall mark of 11-10 and a 5-5 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats are 19-2 thus far overall and 10-0 in the NEC, as they look to improve upon their best start in Quinnipiac program history.

On The Air
Wednesday's game will be streamed live online through NEC Front Row 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 Schweitzer will have the play-by-play call along with Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils enter Wednesday's match with an overall record of 11-10 and 5-5 in NEC competition. Senior Jaclyn Babe leads Central in scoring with 17.2 points per game.  In their last game against the Bobcats on Jan. 28th, Babe tallied a game high of 30 points, had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.  Since their meeting at the Bank, Central has fallen to Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth in their most recent outings.  While on the road in West Long Branch, N.J., Central Connecticut was once again led by Babe who tallied 20 points in the outing, however it wasn't enough as the Blue Devils fell to the Monmouth Hawks, 69-63. With the 20-point effort, Babe has 998 points for her collegiate career. 

All-Time Against Central
Quinnipiac currently leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut, 28-13, which includes a 22-7 advantage in the Division I series. In their last meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Blue Devils, 82-73, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on Jan. 28th.  Quinnipiac is 4-1 in their last five meetings against Central and 10-4 all-time in New Britain.

Last Time Out
On Monday, Quinnipiac improved to 10-0 in NEC conference play after defeating Mount St. Mary's 78-55, at the Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md. Sophomore Gillian Abshire led the Bobcats with a career-high 17 points and four assists.  Along with Abshire,five players reached double figures for the Bobcats including sophomore Jasmine Martin  who finished with 16 points and junior Brittany McQuain who collected her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. She also added four assists four steals in the triumph. Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard poured in 11 points, seven coming in the first half, while Camryn Warner finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in the gane. The last time Quinnipiac featured five players in double figures was against St. John's on Dec. 22, 2012. Quinnipiac's defense was relentless all game, forcing 24 Mount turnovers which resulted in 26 points on the other end. The Bobcats also held the Mountaineers to 34 percent from the floor and gathered a 38-22 edge in the paint.  Quinnipiac went 24-28 from the chalk for an 85.7 percent clip.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 60th in the latest RPI poll, released on Friday, February 8, 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 12th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.14 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 317 turnovers compared to 488 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 15th in the nation in steals per game at 12.2 per game and 11th in assists per game at 17.2.  The team cracks the top ten being eighth in the country for a win and loss percentage of 90.5.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks 10th in the nation in steals per game (3.43). So far this year the guard has compiled 72 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 ninth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.53).  For the season, 'Boo' has 109 assists to only 43 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.  Boo this year went seven straight games with at least five assists and has had 25 assists to only five turnovers in the last three games against Bryant, Robert Morris, and Saint Francis Pa.

Behind the Arc
Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin ranks 23rd in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage. This season Martin is 40-102 from behind the arc shooting 39.2 percent. Martin is the second-leading scorer on the team, bringing in 13.2 points per game.

Double Digits Defeats
Along with the Bobcats best start in program history, the team has defeated their opponent by double figures 12 times this season– accounting for a plus-12.6 scoring margin, which is good enough for 38th in the nation.  Of those 12 games, Quinnipiac has defeated six opponents by a winning margin of at least 20 points. Double-digit winning margins include Rhode Island (16 points), Yale (27 points), Rider (15 points), Holy Cross (12 points), Northeastern (11 points), St. Francis Brooklyn (21 points), Sacred Heart (29 points), Bryant (23 points), Saint Francis Pa. (16 points), Fairleigh Dickinson (27 points), Wagner (18 points) and Mount St. Mary's (23 points).

Fab Five
Against Mount St. Mary's, the Bobcats featured five players in double figures for the 78-55 win. Point guard Gillian Abshire collected a career high of 17 points, sophomore guard Jasmine Martin finished with 16 points and junior Brittany McQuain gathered her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard poured in 11 points, seven coming in the first half, while Camryn Warner finished with 10 points in the triumph.  This has been the second time this season that the Bobcats featured five players in double digits, since Quinnipiac faced St. John's Dec. 22, hailing a 75-72 win over the Red Storm.

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