HAMDEN, Conn. – The first of the preseason hoops magazines have hit the newsstands, and for the first time in program history the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has made its way onto a national poll. The Bobcats were recently ranked 25th in the Lindy's Magazine Women's Basketball Preseason Poll, which was released on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
Taking the top position in the poll was reigning NCAA Tournament Champion Connecticut, while Duke, California, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, Baylor and Maryland rounded out the top 10. Finishing out the top 25 was Dayton, Colorado, South Carolina, Penn State, Gonzaga, Chattanooga, Purdue, Iowa State, Georgia, Creighton, Texas A&M, Wisconsin-Green Bay, UCLA, LSU and Quinnipiac.
Head coach Tricia Fabbri and the Bobcats return four out of five starters from last year's team, including over 76 percent of its scoring. Northeast Conference Tournament MVP Brittany McQuain is back for her senior season, while the team's second-leading scorer from a year ago, Jasmine Martin, is back for her third year with the program. Quinnipiac also returns Samantha Guastella and Camryn Warner to the front court, along with the team's MVP and point guard Gillian Abshire.
Lindy's Magazine Poll
|4. Notre Dame|
|13. South Carolina|
|14. Penn State|
|18. Iowa State|
|21. Texas A&M|
|22. Green Bay|
The Bobcats open their season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they face North Carolina A&T in the opening round of the preseason WNIT. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2013-14 campaign 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.
Student-Athletes, parents and fans can download the 2013-14 QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Fans can also follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.