Women’s Basketball To Host Senior Day Against Saint Francis U on Saturday

Saint Francis University Red Flash  (13-10, 8-4 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (20-2, 11-0 NEC)

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location:  TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. SFU: 9-16 
St. Francis Last Five:  3-2
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com    

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Red Flash Visits Hamden
The Bobcats are unbeaten in Northeast Conference play and can become the first team to clinch a playoff spot with another win. Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon when they host the Red Flash of Saint Francis University. The teams are set to tip-off at noon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Red Flash enters Saturday's game with an overall mark of 13-10 and a 8-4 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats are 20-2 thus far overall and 11-0 in the NEC, as they look to improve upon their best start in Quinnipiac program history.

Senior Day
Prior to tip-off on Saturday, the Quinnipiac women's basketball team will honor three of the team's senior class members for their contributions to the program.  Seniors Felicia Barron, Lisa Lebak, and Shelby Sferra will celebrate their illustrious careers with the Bobcats. Quinnipiac will also recognize senior manager Tobi Momoh and student athletic trainer Erin Sweeney.

On The Air
Saturday'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 Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting Saint Francis University
The Red Flash enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 13-10 and 8-4 in NEC competition. Junior forward Alli Williams leads Saint Francis averaging 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while senior Nickia Gibbs leads the SFU backcourt with 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In their last outing, the Red Flash fell short to Robert Morris, 53-67, in Moon Township, Pa. Williams posted her 17th double-double on the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Red Flash but it was not enough as the Colonials took advantage of a poor all-around shooting night from SFU. Robert Morris received a strong night from Artemis Spanou as the junior posted 18 points and 15 rebounds. SFU's Shene Fleming added seven points, all coming in the second half, and finished with 11 rebounds. 

All-Time Against The Red Flash
Monday's game marks the 27th meeting between Quinnipiac and Saint Francis (Pa.) with the Red Flash leading the all-time series, 17-9. The Bobcats are 2-3 in the last five meetings between the two programs and are 3-8 at home against Saint Francis. This will be the second meeting between the schools this year as Quinnipiac won on the road, 85-69, back in January. Senior Felicia Barron collected a career-high of 28 points, going 10-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from the charity stripe, and snatched a team-high seven steals in the triumph. Jasmine Martin picked up a 20-point performance on a 7-of-18 night from the field. Camryn Warner and Brittany McQuain paced the front court, combining for 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team earned its 20th win of the season on Wednesday night, as the Bobcats topped Central Connecticut State University, 63-53, at Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn. Quinnipiac, now 20-2 overall and 11-0 in the Northeast Conference, achieved 20 wins for the second consecutive season and for the seventh time in program history. It also marked the fourth time under the direction of head coach Tricia Fabbri.  Junior Brittany McQuain was sensational for the Bobcats, as the power forward finished with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. She paced the offense going 7-of-11 from the floor, 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and snatched three steals in the win. Fellow forward Camryn Warner joined McQuain in double-figures with 10 points while adding a block and two rebounds to her stat line. Gillian Abshire finished with nine points, two assists and two rebounds.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 58th in the latest RPI poll, released on Thursday, February 14, 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 11th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, February 13, 2013.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.45 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 328 turnovers compared to 518 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 17th in the nation in steals per game at 12.3 per game and 14th in assists per game at 16.9.  The team cracks the top ten being ninth in the country for a win and loss percentage of 90.9.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks 12th in the nation in steals per game (3.36). So far this year the guard has compiled 74 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 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.52).  For the season, 'Boo' has 111 assists to only 44 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.

Double Digits Defeats
Along with the Bobcats best start in program history, the team has defeated their opponent by double figures 13 times this season– accounting for a plus-12.6 scoring margin, which is good enough for 33rd in the nation.  Of those 13 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), Mount St. Mary's (23 points) and Central Conn. (10 points).

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