December 5, 2013

Women's Basketball Hosts Marist in MAAC Opener on Friday Night at 6 PM; Game Aired Live On ESPN 3

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-4, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Marist College Red Foxes (3-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Friday, December 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Marist: 1-0
Last Meeting: November 26, 1985 • W, 60-58
QU Last Five: 3-2
Marist Last Five: 3-2

 QU Game Notes  Marist Game Notes
 ESPN3 Video  YouTube Video
 Live Stats  WQUN 1220 AM Audio
 New Haven Register Preview   QU Promo Video


The Game We've All Been Waiting For
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (4-4, 0-0 MAAC) will host their inaugural MAAC game on Friday, December 6th. The Bobcats are scheduled to take on Marist College (3-4, 0-0 MAAC) at 6:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader at the TD Bank Sports Center. Both the Bobcats and the Red Foxes made the NCAA Tournament last season after Quinnipiac captured the Northeast Conference Title and Marist captured the MAAC Title.  Quinnipiac finished 7th in the CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Poll after a 30-3 season while Marist finished 8th after a 26-7 season.

Last Time Out
Behind double figures from Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) and Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated in-state rival Hartford, 62-49, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 4-4 on the season while the visiting Hawks fell to 1-7 overall. The game was aired live throughout the region on NESN.

Live On ESPN3
Courtesy of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac's game against Marist will be aired live on ESPN3.com. Dean Darling will have the play-by-play with Julieanne Viani alongside for color commentary. The MAAC's 2013-14 men's and women's basketball schedule will feature 47 nationally televised games on the ESPN family of networks.

Other Multimedia Links
Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 
 

 

All-Time Against Marist
Quinnipiac and Marist have only faced off one time in their history. That match-up came on Nov. 26, 1985 when then Division II Quinnipiac defeated Marist 60-58. Quinnipiac went 25-4 that season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting The Red Foxes
Marist is off to a 3-4 start. After dropping their first three games Marist has won three of four. The word dominant is an understatement when describing Marist in the MAAC in the last decade. The Red Foxes have captured 10 straight regular season conference titles, nine out of ten conference championships, and eight conference titles in a row. Like the Bobcats, Marist went 18-0 in conference play last season.  Marist has not lost a conference game since Feb. 4, 2012. Over the last five seasons the Red Foxes are 84-6 in MAAC games.

Marist returns Leanne Ockenden for her senior season. Ockenden was the 2013 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Ockenden is currently third in the MAAC in scoring with 17.4 points per game.  She is also third in the conference in field goal percentage (54%). She is also shooting 94% from the line which is first in the conference. Marist also returns Madeline Blais for her sophomore season. Blais is currently fifth in the conference with 14.9 points per game. She is tied with Ockenden in field goal percentage shooting 54% from the field.

Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game as of December 2nd. She currently has 7.6 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 7.1 assists per game has her first in the conference.

MAAC Player of the Week
Senior forward Brittany McQuain of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been named the MAAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 by the league's front office. McQuain averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games for the Bobcats last week. This included a career performance in her Missouri homecoming against Missouri State on Tuesday, Nov. 26. For the third consecutive week, McQuain averaged double figures in points to lead the Quinnipiac women's basketball team. McQuain scored a career high 28 points and went 10-11 from the free throw line against Missouri State as the Bobcats went on to win 75-65. Against defending Atlantic-10 Champ, St. Joseph's, McQuain had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

McQuain and Martin Transition to the MAAC
Quinnipiac's second and third leading scorers from a year ago have brought their success over to the MAAC.  Junior Jasmine Martin is currently eighth in the conference in scoring with 14.3 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 11th in the conference with 13.3 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. McQuain is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (80%) while Martin is seventh in that category (78%).

College Insider Mid-Major Poll
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team has continued to impress the voters at the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Quinnipiac was ranked 24th  in the most recent poll, announced on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by coaches on the committee. Quinnipiac is no stranger to this honor as they appeared in the poll on 17 different occasions last season.


Bobcats Face Tough Opponents Out of The Gate
Quinnipiac women's basketball has the fourth toughest schedule in the country. Their first seven opponents had 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.

Abshire Sets School Single Game Assist Record
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.

McQuain Passes Misiasek
With twelve rebounds against American Brittany McQuain passed Kim Misiasek '01 for fifth place in school history in rebounding (827). She currently has 867 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). McQuain currently sits at 1088 points. She is 119 points behind Queenie Edwards '95 for 17th place in school history with 1207 career points.

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.

In her homecoming on Nov. 26 senior Brittany McQuain established a new career high of 28 which was the most a Bobcat scored since January 21, 2013.


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. Brianah Ramos made her Quinnipiac debut on Sunday, Dec. 1. She scored two points in her first game in a Bobcats uniform.

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.