LIU Brooklyn Black Birds (6-21, 3-13 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (25-2, 16-0 NEC)
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Series vs. LIU: 13-14
LIU Brooklyn's Last Five: 1-4
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Live Online Video: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: LIUAthletics.com
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (25-2, 16-0 NEC) will look for its 17th NEC win on Saturday afternoon when they meet the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. This will be the team's last NEC regular season match-up between the two teams this year – with the game set to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Blackbirds enter Saturday's game with an overall mark of 6-21 and a 3-13 record in the Northeast Conference.
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 the Paul Pacelli 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 LIU Brooklyn
The Blackbirds enter Saturday with a 3-13 record in Northeast Conference play, and are mathematically eliminated from postseason competition. The Blackbirds, just 1-5 in their last six games, suffered their most recent setback to Mount St. Mary's, 51-39, on Monday in Emmitsburg, Md. Senior Tamika Guz led LIU with 12 points, while classmate Krystal Wells chipped in eight. Junior Cleandra Roberts had six points and a game-high seven rebounds. Guz and Wells each average over 10 points per game, while Roberts leads the front court with 6.7 rebounds per outing.
All-Time Against The Blackbirds
Saturday afternoon marks the 28th meeting between Quinnipiac and LIU - with the Blackbirds leading the all-time series, 14-13. In their most recent meeting, the post presence of Brittany McQuain and a second-half surge from Jasmine Martin were too much for the LIU Blackbirds as Quinnipiac won its conference-opener, 67-60, at the TD Bank Sports Center back in January. Quinnipiac is 6-6 in Brooklyn, 7-6 at home and 0-2 at neutral locations.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac improved to 16-0 in NEC conference play after defeating the Bryant Bulldogs on Monday, 74-61, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. It was a solid all-around night for the Bobcats' line-up as Camryn Warner chipped in a personal, all-time best 17 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Warner also contributed two assists, two blocks and two steals in the Bobcats' win. Felicia Barron had 15 points and eight steals. Jasmine Martin matched Warner's 17-point output, while Samantha Guastella had nine points and four rebounds off the bench. Brittany McQuain and Gillian Abshire contributed on both ends of the floor, as McQuain grabbed 10 rebounds while also passing out six assists and coming away with five steals. Abshire had eight assists and two steals for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats went a perfect 16-0 in the months of January and February for the first time in program history. Quinnipiac shares this distinction with only seven other teams in the NCAA Division I.
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 Quinnipiac capturing the title. With two more wins to close out the regular season, Quinnipiac will be just the fourth team to post an 18-0 record in conference play.
New England's Finest
The Bobcats (25-2) 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 17-game win streak good enough for the sixth longest 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.
The Bobcats are ranked 44th in the latest RPI poll, released on Friday, March 1, 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, February 26, 2013.
Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.2 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 396 turnovers compared to 618 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank ninth in the nation in steals per game at 12.4 per game and 13th in assists per game at 17.0. The team also cracked top-10, ranking eighth in win and loss percentage (92.6).
Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks fifth in the nation in steals per game (3.67), compiling 99 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.
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks sixth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6). For the season, 'Boo' has 138 assists to only 53 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 17 times this season– accounting for a plus-13.0 scoring margin, which is good enough for 31st in the nation. Of those 17 games, Quinnipiac has defeated seven 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), Robert Morris (14 points), Monmouth (27 points), and Bryant (13 points).