Women's Basketball Travels to UT Martin On Saturday, Nov. 16 For Preseason WNIT at 5 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-1, 0-0 MAAC)
University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks (1-1, 0-0 OVC)

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 – 5 PM
Skyhawk Arena– Martin, Tenn.

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Women's Basketball Plays in Consolation Round of Preseason WNIT
After defeating North Carolina A&T in the first round of the preseason WNIT, but falling to No. 5 Louisville in the Quarterfinals, Quinnipiac Women's Basketball will face off against UT Martin on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 PM. UT Martin won their first round against Georgia State, but fell in the second round to No. 25 Gonzaga.

Last Time Out
Despite a career high from Gillian Abshire(Washington,DC) with 20 points and a career high from Nikoline Ostergaard(Vedbaek,Denmark) with 14 points as well as holding Preseason Wooden Award Nominee Shoni Schimmel to 1-13 shooting the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals on Monday in the Preseason WNIT 100-79.

Milestone Watch
Senior Brittany McQuain (Independence, MO) sits at 995 career points. She sits five points away from becoming the 19th player in school history to join the exclusive 1000 point club. McQuain also sits at 811 career rebounds. She trails Kim Misiaszek '01 by 16 rebounds for fifth place on the all-time list.

Head coach Trish Fabbri sits at 274 career wins. Already with the most wins in the history of the women's program she sits one win away from 275 for her career.

About The WNIT Preseason Tournament
The WNIT Preseason Tipoff celebrates its 20th season this year. 10 of the 16 teams in the field this season made it to the NCAA Tournament last season. The field includes national runner up Louisville and Big 12 Preseason Favorite Oklahoma. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games with losers from the championship bracket falling into a consolation bracket. All games, including the semifinal and championship, will be hosted by participating schools. The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. Since 1994, over 200 teams representing 32 Division I conferences have competed in the Preseason WNIT. The WNIT is currently the longest-running preseason women's basketball tournament. A team may participate in the Preseason WNIT no more than once in a four year period.

Scouting The Skyhawks
UT Martin has been very successful over the last three seasons. In each of the last three seasons they have captured the Ohio Valley Conference and have made three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The Skyhawks return six players who all made an impact on last year's team. They return all-time leading scorer in school history in Heather Butler. Butler has been named OVC first team for three straight years. Her 22.4 points per game last season was sixth in the country. She set an NCAA record for most consecutive games with a three pointer (80). She tallied a season high 37 points in the NCAA Tournament against No. 2 Notre Dame. She has over 2,100 points for her career.

Adding to UT Martin's impressive backcourt is Jasmine Newsome. Last season she was named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention. She was named to three straight OVC first teams and was named Player of the Year for the second time in her career. Newsome averaged 22.6 points per game last season which was top five in the country. She has 1989 career points which is second only to teammate Heather Butler. She is the all-time program assists leader as well.

Series History Vs. UT Martin
Quinnipiac has never faced off against UT Martin, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The Bobcats are 0-2 all-time against the OVC.

Did You Know?
The court at UT Martin is named after Pat Summitt. Summitt played collegiately at UT Martin before becoming the winningest women's basketball coach in the NCAA at Tennessee.

Bobcats Set Career Highs
On Monday,Nov. 11 juniors Boo Abshire and Nikoline Ostergaard  set career highs against No. 5 Louisville. Abshire scored 20 points while Ostergaard scored 14 points.

Quinnipiac Shuts Down Schimmel
On Monday, Nov. 11 Quinnipiac faced off against No. 5 Louisville. Louisville is led by Wooden Preseason Watch Guard Shoni Schimmel. The Wooden Preseason Watch list comprises the 30 best players across the NCAA who the Associated Press believes has a chance to win college basketball's player of the year award.  

Against Quinnipiac Schimmel went 1-13 from the field and was 0-8 in the second half.

Bobcats Make Debuts
Adily Martucci, Jaci Oskam, and Morgan Manz made their debuts in a Bobcats uniform on Friday, Nov. 8. Martucci hit a three pointer in eight minutes of play, Oskam had an assist in six minutes of play, and Manz had nine points, two assists, and a rebound in 13 minutes of play.

The Schedule
If the Quinnipiac women's basketball team is going to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 it will have a solid building base to start from with a challenging schedule. Fabbri has announced a 30-game slate that features eight opponents who are coming off of an NCAA Tournament, WNIT or WBI bid last year – with the potential of seeing 10 teams that advanced to postseason play.

Quinnipiac's 2013-14 season presents a daunting mission early on, as the Bobcats will be one of 16 teams in the 2013 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) - 10 of which are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance. The field consists of Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, Louisville, Loyola Chicago, LSU, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina A&T, Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph's, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, and Wichita State.

After the WNIT Tournament, Quinnipiac will play seven more non-conference games, beginning with BIG EAST foe St. John's on Wednesday, Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at Carnesecca Arena in New York, N.Y. The Bobcats follow with home games against American (Nov. 23 – 7 p.m.), St. Joseph's (Dec. 1 – 1 p.m.) and Hartford (Dec. 4 – 7 p.m.) and road games against Missouri State (Nov. 26 – 1 p.m.), Albany (Dec. 15 – 7 p.m.) and Holy Cross (Dec. 18 -7 p.m.).

With the addition of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac to the MAAC, each team will play 20 league games over a 10-week period. MAAC teams will face each other twice during the season, once on their home court and once on the road.

MAAC Championships
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

Last Season
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team made the 2012-13 season a special one. The Bobcats produced the best campaign in program history.It was a dream season for the Bobcats, who made their way unscathed through the Northeast Conference Tournament en route to an NEC Championship. Fabbri led the Bobcats to their first 30-win season in program history, also a Northeast Conference first as well, which included a perfect 18-0 through the regular season. Quinnipiac garnered the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and swept through the field en route to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Beginning
Quinnipiac began the 2012-13 season with a 7-0 record which was the best start in Division I program history and second best all-time. It only trailed a 9-0 start during the 1986-87 campaign. The stretch included an impressive road win at James Madison in the season-opener, and two wins at the Brown Bear Classic that resulted in Quinnipiac's second, in-season tournament title in as many seasons.

Fabbri Collects 250
Head coach Tricia Fabbri marked her 250th career win on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2012 against Holy Cross. Fabbri is the only Quinnipiac women's basketball coach with 250 wins to her name in program history. The Bobcats defeated the Crusaders, 61-49, in a game that was televised throughout the region on NESN.

The Bobcats went a perfect 16-0 in the months of January and February for the first time in program history. Quinnipiac shared this distinction with only seven other teams in the NCAA Division I.

NEC Regular Season Champions
With their win over defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart on Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Bobcats were named the NEC Regular Season Champions for the 2012-13 season. This marked the second time in program history that Quinnipiac captured the title and was only the fourth team in NEC history to complete an 18-0 season. Quinnipiac claimed home-court advantage throughout the NEC Tournament.

Accolades Galore
Highlighted by head coach Tricia Fabbri and senior guard Felicia Barron, 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 was named to the All-NEC Second Team and Jasmine Martin earned a trip to the third team.

The NEC Championship
Quinnipiac defeated Saint Francis University, 72-33, in the Northeast Conference Championship on Sunday, March 17, 2013. QU earned the program's first Northeast Conference title and became just the fifth team in the 27-year history of NEC women's basketball to complete an undefeated season against conference foes. The Bobcats were also the fourth team in conference history to earn a No. 13 in the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac defeated Bryant in the NEC Quarterfinals and Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Semifinals.

NEC All-Tournament Team
Brittany McQuain finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in the championship game en route to an All-Tournament MVP selection. Felicia Barron and Jasmine Martin joined McQuain on the All-Tournament team after chipping in with nine points and eight points, respectively. Barron added five rebounds and four steals.

The NCAA Tournament
The No. 13 seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell short in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament to the No. 4 seed Maryland, 72-52, on Gary Williams Court at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. With the loss, the Bobcats concluded their historic season with a 30-3 record.

Another National Postseason Appearance
Quinnipiac's first trip to the NCAA Tournament marked its third national postseason appearance in its last six seasons. The Bobcats earned its first appearance with a trip to Iona in the 2008 WNIT Tournament and then made a second WNIT Tournament appearance in 2011-12. Quinnipiac is still in search for its first national postseason victory.

A 30 Win Season
With their win in the NEC Championship, the Bobcats eclipsed the 30-win plateau for the 2012-13 season. Quinnipiac joined eight other Division I programs across the nation to accomplish the feat.

The Streak
Quinnipiac set a new program record with 22 straight wins from December 30, 2012 to March 17, 2013.
It was tied for the fifth longest winning streak in the nation throughout the season.

Among the Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is among the national leaders in several statistical categories. The Bobcats finished first in turnover margin (+8.5); fifth in win/loss percentage (90.9); seventh in assists (17.0) and; 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2); 23rd in three-point field goal percentage (35.0); 26th in scoring margin (+13.2) and scoring offense (70.5); 19th in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.8); and 29th in three-point field goals per game (7.0).

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.

New England's Finest
The Bobcats (30-3) served as the top women's basketball team in New England with only three losses on the season. The nationally-ranked No. 3 UConn Huskies are 29-4, sitting right behind the Bobcats among New England teams.

Dishing Out
Gillian Abshire ranked 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.41). For the season, 'Boo' had 164 assists to only 68 turnovers. In the game against Bryant (1/14), Abshire collected a career high of 10 assists and only one turnover in one of her best performances of her sophomore campaign. Boo dished out five or more assists in 19 of Quinnipiac's 33 games.