Monmouth University Hawks (12-12 9-4 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (22-2, 13-0 NEC)
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Monmouth: 14-15
Monmouth Last Five: 4-1
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Live Online Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Bobcats Host Hawks
Already having clinched a home game in the 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament, the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (22-2, 13-0 NEC) will continue its 2012-13 season on Wednesday evening when they host the Hawks of Monmouth University. The teams are set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats need just two more wins to claim the NEC Regular Season Title, but will have to beat two of NEC's best in Monmouth and Sacred Heart to do so. The Hawks enter Wednesday's game with an overall mark of 12-12 and a 7-4 record in the Northeast Conference.
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 Schweizer 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 Hawks
Monmouth enters Wednesday's match with an overall record of 12-12 and 9-4 in NEC competition. Senior Alysha Womack leads the Hawks in scoring with 14.4 points per game, while red-shirt junior Chevanna Paalvast brings in 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Monmouth is currently riding a four-game winning streak with victories over Central Connecticut, 69-63, Fairleigh Dickinson, 76-71, Saint Francis Brooklyn, 51-47, and LIU Brooklyn, 69-60. Against the Black Birds, Alysha Womack scored 24 points and Carly Thibault added 17 points in the victory. Womack made her first seven shots from the field, and Thibault went 3-for-5 from long range and connected on all six of her free-throw attempts. Abigail Martin also chipped in eight points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Gabby Singer had seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
All-Time Against Monmouth
The Hawks hold a slight edge over the Bobcats 15-14 in all time match-ups between the two programs. At home the Bobcats are 6-8 all-time and 2-4 at the TD Bank Sports Center. In their last meeting, Quinnipiac fell to Monmouth 69-66 in the Semifinals of the 2011-12 NEC tournament at the Bank back on March 6, 2012.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac improved to 13-0 in NEC conference play after defeating Robert Morris on Monday, 60-46, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Brittany McQuain continued her torrid stretch of basketball with another tremendous offensive performance. McQuain reached double-figures for the fourth straight game, compiling 21 points and seven rebounds in the triumph. Jasmine Martin finished with 12 points, all coming in the second half, adding six rebounds and two assists to her stat line. Felicia Barron had eight points and six assists, while Gillian Abshire dished out a game-high seven assists and four points. Despite some struggles on the offensive end, Quinnipiac's defense was too much for Robert Morris to handle. The Bobcats forced 19 Colonial turnovers and held them to just 33.9 percent shooting. Quinnipiac controlled a 19-0 edge in points off turnovers, only committing six turnovers of their own on the afternoon. Abshire, Barron and Lisa Lebak bumped QU's assist-to-turnover ratio with 15 assists compared to no turnovers.
New England's Finest
The Bobcats (22-2) and the UConn Huskies (24-2) serve as the only two women's basketball teams in New England with two losses on the season. In addition, Quinnipiac is currently riding a 14-game win streak, which is tied with Marist for sixth-best in the nation.
Home Court Advantage
With the win over Robert Morris on February 18, the Bobcats clinched home court advantage for the first game of the NEC Tournament. Quinnipiac will need only two more wins to clinch the NEC title, which will clinch home court advantage throughout the tournament. The Championships take place March 9-17.
The Bobcats are ranked 50th in the latest RPI poll, released on Monday, February 19, 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 12, 2013.
Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 7.96 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 355 turnovers compared to 551 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 13th in the nation in steals per game at 12.3 per game and 14th in assists per game at 16.8. The team also cracked top-10, ranking ninth in win and loss percentage (91.3).
Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks seventh in the nation in steals per game (3.48), compiling 82 of them this season. She collected a season-high of eight steals in the game against Hartford (12/16). Last year the Springfield, Mass. native ended the season leading the country with 133 steals.
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 12th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.45). For the season, 'Boo' has 122 assists to only 47 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.
With their win against CCSU (2/13), the Bobcats claimed 20 wins in a season for the seventh time in program history. It's the second consecutive 20-win season, fourth time under the direction of head coach Tricia Fabbri and fourth time in the Division I era.
Double Digits Defeats
Along with the Bobcats best start in program history, the team has defeated their opponent by double figures 15 times this season– accounting for a plus-12.6 scoring margin, which is good enough for 34th in the nation. Of those 15 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 University. (16 points), Fairleigh Dickinson (27 points), Wagner (18 points), Mount St. Mary's (23 points), Central Conn. (10 points), Saint Francis University (11 points) and Robert Morris (14 points).
NEC Player of the Week
Junior Brittany McQuain was named the Northeast Conference and College Sports Madness player of the week, announced on Feb. 18, 2013. The forward has gone four consecutive games scoring double figures, which includes two of the meetings recording double-doubles. The Independence, Mo. native averaged 16.8 points to lead the team including, 10.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game during the stretch. The accolades are the second time McQuain has been honored this season, the first coming the week of Jan. 14, 2013.
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