Saint Joseph's University Hawks (5-1, 0-0 A-10)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 – 1 PM
TD Bank Sports Center– Hamden, Conn.
|Quinnipiac Game Notes
Women's Basketball Returns Home For Three Game Home Stand
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team returns to Hamden for a three game home stand. Four out of the Bobcats last five games have been on the road. Hamden has been very good to the Bobcats with Quinnipiac winning their last 17 games at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Last Time Out
Brittany McQuain (Independence,Mo.) scored a career high 28 points to along with 12 rebounds and went 10-11 from the free throw line in her Missouri homecoming as Quinnipiac defeated Missouri State 75-65 at JQH Arena.
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks in the top 15 nationally in assists per game. She currently has 7.3 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio.
Bobcats Face Tough Opponents Out of the Gate
Quinnipiac women's basketball has the fourth toughest schedule in the country. Their first seven opponents have a combined record of 25-10 while the Bobcats have faced off against the nation's top two RPI teams in Louisville and St. John's.
Gillian 'Boo' Abshire set the Quinnipiac single game assists record against American on Nov. 23 with 14 assists. The record was previously held Kim Fitzpatrick who had 12 assists on February 28, 2004 at St. Francis NY.
Fabbri Collects Win No. 275
Head coach Tricia Fabbri collected her 275th career win on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 against American. Fabbri is the only Quinnipiac women's basketball coach with 275 wins to her name in program history.
With twelve rebounds against American Brittany McQuain passed Kim Misiasek '01 for fifth place in school history in rebounding (827). She currently has 851 career rebounds. Next up is Monique Lee '08 with 932 career rebounds.
McQuain Etches Her Name In The Record Books
With 11 points against UT Martin on November 16, 2013 Brittany McQuain became the 19th player in school history to join the 1000 point club. McQuain also passed Dorise Blackmon '87 for 18th all-time in career points (1005).
Scouting The Hawks
Saint Joseph's is off to a 5-1 start. The Hawks are coming off a year in which they won the Atlantic 10 and captured a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Saint Joseph's returns Ilze Gotfrida who led the Hawks in field goal percentage last season (.512). Gotfrida had a career best 7.6 points 4.3 rebounds and made 22 starts.
Saint Joseph's also returns Natasha Cloud. Cloud was named Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Championship and was named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team. Cloud made 30 starts and led the team in assists.
Quinnipiac holds a 2-1 all-time record against Saint Joseph's. Saint Joseph's won the last meeting in Hamden on January 3rd, 2012.
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.
On Saturday, Nov. 16 junior Jasmine Martin set a career high of her own with 25 points against UT Martin.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.