February 24, 2013

Women’s Basketball Welcomes Bryant For Regular-Season Home Finale on Monday

Bryant University Bulldogs (10-15 6-8 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (24-2, 15-0 NEC)

Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center
Series vs. Bryant: 18-19 
Bryant Last Five:  3-2
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Live Online Video: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com    
Tickets: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Welcome the Bulldogs
Two days after clinching the Northeast Conference Regular Season Title, the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (24-2, 15-0 NEC)  continue its 2012-13 season on Monday evening when they host the Bryant Bulldogs.  This will be the team's lastNEC regular season match-up between the two teams this year – with the game set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bulldogs enter Monday's game with an overall mark of 10-15 and a 6-8 record in the Northeast Conference.

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On The Air
Monday'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 www.WQUNSports.com where the Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call along with Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting Bryant
The Bulldogs enter Monday's game with an overall record of 10-15 and 6-8 in NEC competition. Junior forward Naana Ankoma-Mensa leads the Bulldogs' offense in scoring with 13.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per outing. Also seeing valuable playing time for Bryant are juniors Jenniqua Bailey and Courtney Schissler; who each average 9.6 points per game, respectively. In their most recent outing against CCSU, the Bulldogs fell short by a final score of 76-66. Bailey paced Bryant with 16 points, three assists and two steals, while classmate Ankoma-Mensa posted her third straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Whittington finished with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Douglas put up 10 points in 36 minutes. Freshman Breanna Rucker added five points and a career-high 10 rebounds off the Bryant bench.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Monday will mark the 38th meeting between Quinnipiac and Bryant, with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series, 19-18. However, the Bobcats hold a 7-2 record against Bryant in the Division-1 series dating back to the 2008-09 season. The Bobcats have won the last five meetings between the two schools, with their most recent win back in January at the Chase Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I.  The Bobcats downed the Bulldogs, 85-62.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac improved to 15-0 in NEC conference play after defeating Sacred Heart on Saturday, 67-62, at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.  Along with the win, the Bobcats became the Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions for the 2012-13 season. Quinnipiac, who now owns the nation's fourth longest winning streak, was led by sophomore Jasmine Martin who poured in 22 points, on the strength of 3-of-5 from the three point line, while also tallying seven rebounds and two steals.  Junior Brittany McQuain fell just short of a double-double as she collected 16 points and nine rebounds. Gillian Abshire contributed nine points and had four assists on the afternoon.

NEC Champions
With the win over defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart on Saturday, February 23, the Bobcats were named the NEC Regular Season Champions for the 2012-13 season.  This marks the second time in program history with Quinnipiaccapturing the title.

New England's Finest
The Bobcats (24-2) and the UConn Huskies (25-2) 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 16-game win streak good enough for fourth-best in the nation.

Home Court Advantage
With the win over Sacred Heart on February 23rd, the Bobcats clinched home court advantage for all games of the NEC Tournament. The Championships take place March 9-17.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 45nd in the latest RPI poll, released on Sunday, February 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 ninth in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. 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. 

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.48 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 382 turnovers compared to 594 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 12th in the nation in steals per game at 12.2 per game and 12th in assists per game at 17.0.  The team also cracked top-10, ranking seventh in win and loss percentage (92.0).

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks fifth in the nation in steals per game (3.6), compiling 91 of them this season. She collected a season-high two times of eight steals in the game against Hartford (12/16) and again against Monmouth (2/20).  Last year the Springfield, Mass. native ended the season leading the country with 133 steals.  

Dishing Out
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks sixth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.63).  For the season, 'Boo' has 130 assists to only 50 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.

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