March 3, 2013

Women’s Basketball Prepares to Finish Regular Season at St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday

Saint Francis Brooklyn Terriers (11-17, 8-9 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (26-2, 17-0 NEC)

Date: Monday, March 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Pope Physical Education Center – Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Series vs. St. Francis Brooklyn: 19-6
St. Francis Brooklyn's Last Five: 1-4
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0

Live Online Video: NEC Front Row
Audio:
 AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: SFCAthletics.com     

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

The Buck Stops Here
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (26-2, 17-0 NEC) will play their final regular season match-up against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers on Monday evening. This will be the team's last NEC regular season contest between the two teams – with the game set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Terriers enter the game with an overall mark of 11-17 and an 8-9 record in the Northeast Conference.

On The Air
Monday's game 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.SFCAthletics.com. 

Scouting St. Francis Brooklyn
The Terriers enter Monday's game with an overall record of 11-17 and 8-9 in NEC competition. Sophomore Sarah Bendetti leads the Terriers in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per outing to go along with 4.4 rebounds per game. In St. Francis Brooklyn's front court, Leah Fechko leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game. Currently riding a three game losing streak, the Terriers are looking for their ninth win in Northeast Conference competition to put them at an even .500 in the conference. On Saturday, St. Francis Brooklyn fell to Sacred Heart 57-53, at home. Three Terriers finished in double-figures led by sophomore forward Jaymee Veney, who finished the contest with 11 points and four, rebounds in 31 minutes of play.  Classmate Eilidh Simpson ended the game with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc while freshman guard Fechko also finished with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting.

All-Time Against The Terriers
Monday night will mark the 25th meeting between Quinnipiac and St. Francis with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 19-6. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Terriers, 73-52, on Jan. 7, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is 9-4 on the road against the Terriers.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac matched the NEC overall single season win record (26) on Saturday after defeating the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn, 66-45, at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Junior Brittany McQuain led all Bobcats with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots in the win. Senior guard, Felicia Barron joined McQuain in double-figures with 10 points, while Jasmine Martin added eight points and three rebounds. Gillian Abshire and Samantha Guastella each finished with seven points apiece in the victory. Quinnipiac connected on just 37 percent of its shot attempts, compared to 48 percent from the hosting Blackbirds. QU managed a mere two point lead, 31-29, at the break. That all changed in the second half, as Quinnipiac quickly pulled away with a 16-0 run over a seven minute span. Defensively, the Bobcats held the Blackbirds 0-for-4 from the field and forced four turnovers during the run. Quinnipiac's double-digit lead was never in jeopardy from that point forward; as the Bobcats went on to claim their 11th road win of the season.

History in the Making
With the win on Saturday over the Blackbirds of LIU (3/2), Quinnipiac matched Sacred Heart's win total of 26 games in the 2005-06 campaign. Quinnipiac can set a new mark with a win on Monday against the Terriers, which will also make the Bobcats the fourth team in NEC history to complete a perfect 18-0 season.

Milestone Approaching
Junior Brittany McQuain is fast approaching her 1,000 career point in Quinnipiac uniform.  The power forward is only 63 points away from reaching the milestone.  McQuain finished her sophomore campaign with 613 points and has added 324 so far this year.  She would be the 19th player in Quinnipiac history to have reached 1,000 points.

Perfection
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.

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 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 (26-2) and the UConn Huskies (27-2) 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.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 43rd in the latest RPI poll, released on Sunday, March 3, 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 409 turnovers compared to 646 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 100 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 (2.6).  For the season, 'Boo' has 141 assists to only 56 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.

20-20 Vision
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 18 times this season– accounting for a plus-13.0 scoring margin, which is good enough for 31st in the nation.  Of those 18 games, Quinnipiac has defeated eight 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), Bryant (13 points) and LIU Brooklyn (21 points).

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