Four Bobcats Earn All-NEC Honors; Tricia Fabbri Tabbed NEC Coach of the Year, Felicia Barron Named Defensive Player of the Year
SOMERSET, N.J. – Highlighted by head coach Tricia Fabbri and senior guard Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.), four members of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team earned Northeast All-Conference accolades for the 2012-13 season. Fabbri secured her third Brenda Reilly NEC Coach of the Year honor, while Barron retained her NEC Defensive Player of the Year crown and was tabbed to the NEC First Team. Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) was named to the All-NEC Second Team and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) earned a trip to the third team. Fabbri, Barron and McQuain were also selected to the NEC College Sports Madness Teams as well.
"It's gratifying that our players were recognized by the league for their accomplishments during this season," said head coach Tricia Fabbri. "Jasmine continued to build on an outstanding freshman campaign, Brittany established herself as a formidable post presence and Fe put herself among the best to wear a Quinnipiac uniform. These young ladies would not have been able to earn these accolades without the hard work and commitment of their teammates."
The all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac women's basketball history, Fabbri, added to her resume with an unprecedented 27-2 record in her 18th season with the Bobcats. Quinnipiac is one win away from tying the program record for most wins in a season, and already surpassed the NEC's record of 26 which was set in 2006 by the Sacred Heart Pioneers. With the 27 wins, Fabbri improved to 271-242 overall and 168-104 in Northeast Conference competition. She ranks second in All-Time Regular Season NEC Wins and moved into 10th place all-time in NEC winning percentage (.618). Quinnipiac snatched the No. 1 seed of the upcoming NEC Tournament, clinching home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Barron, now a two-time All-NEC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, led the Bobcats in several categories including points and steals per game. Barron averaged 14 points, 3.6 steals, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in a stellar all-around season. Barron currently ranks fifth in the nation in steals per game, following a year where she led the entire NCAA in steals last season. Barron's season was highlighted by an offensive outburst at Saint Francis University where she poured in a season-high 28 points and grabbed seven steals in just 26 minutes of action. She was 10-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
McQuain served as the one of the most dominate post players in the Northeast Conference this season. She nearly averaged a double-double with 11.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, but also chipped in with 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists per outing. McQuain improved vastly from a year ago, improving on nearly every statistical category. With her effort, McQuain remains just 59 points away from the 1,000 point club – which would make her the 19th player in Quinnipiac history to accomplish the feat. She also has 745 career rebounds, good enough for sixth on the all-time list.
One of the most exciting players to watch around the league, Martin earned her second All-Conference honor with her third team selection. An All-Rookie Team honoree last year, Martin's offensive prowess has her on pace to challenge QU's all-time scoring leaders. She averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game and already has 728 career points at Quinnipiac. Martin's sophomore season was highlighted by a 22 point outburst at Sacred Heart in a victory that clinched the NEC Regular Season Title for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac opens the NEC Tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The top-seeded Bobcats will host the eighth-seeded Bryant Bulldogs in Hamden, with all the action set to tip-off at 2 p.m.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the NEC Tournament can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 women's Basketball season is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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