December 16, 2013

Women's Basketball Travels To Holy Cross For 11:30 AM Tip-off On Wednesday, Dec. 18

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-5, 0-1 MAAC) at
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (6-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.
Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
Series vs. Holy Cross: 2-4
Last Meeting: December 8, 2012 • W, 61-49
QU Last Five: 3-2
Holy Cross Last Five: 4-1

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Quinnipiac Travels To Holy Cross For Morning Tip-Off
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team (5-5, 0-1 MAAC) will face off against Holy Cross (6-1, 0-0 Patriot League) on Wednesday, December 18th at 11:30 a.m. Holy Cross is looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season while Quinnipiac is coming off a victory against previously undefeated Albany.  These two teams met last season on December 8, 2012 in a game that was televised live across the region on NESN.

Last Time Out
Gillian Abshire(Washington,DC), Jasmine Martin(Sicklerville,NJ), Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark),Camryn Warner(Keene,NH), and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank,New Jersey) all scored in double figures as Quinnipiac handed Albany their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon in Albany, 74-53.

All-Time Against Holy Cross
Quinnipiac is 2-4 all-time against Holy Cross. The Bobcats defeated the Crusaders in the most recent matchup on December 8, 2012, 61-49.


Scouting The Crusaders
Holy Cross is off to a 6-1 start. They started 6-0 but fell at home to Fordham on December 7th.  Of Holy Cross's six wins, five have been by double digits. Holy Cross went 18-14 last season and made it to the Patriot League Championship Game. The Crusaders are 23-12 over their last three seasons at home.

Holy Cross has four players averaging double digit points.  They are led by Raquel Scott (17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game) and Alex Smith (14.7 ppg). Scott had  nine points, five rebounds, three steals, and two assists against Quinnipiac last season. Smith had six points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals against the Bobcats last season.

Abshire Climbing The Assist Charts
With 10 assists against Marist on December 6, junior guard Gillian Abshire passed Felicia Barron '13 for ninth place in school history for career assists. Abshire currently has 336 career assists which trails Erin Kerner '09 by six assists for eighth place all time. Brianna Rooney '09 sits in seventh with 344 career assists.
 
Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 925 career points. With 75 more points she would become the 20th player in Quinnipiac history with 1000 career points.


Where They Stack Up in the MAAC
Despite losing leading scorer Felicia Barron to graduation the Quinnipiac women's basketball team has found a way to surpass their scoring average last season (70.5). Quinnipiac is currently first in the MAAC with 73.3 points per game. Quinnipiac is third in the conference in free throw percentage (73.6%) and sixth in field goal percentage (.394). Quinnipiac is third in rebounding margin. (+0.3). The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 17.2 per game. The Bobcats are second in the conference in steals with 7.7 steals per game and third in blocked shots(4.0).

Spreading The Wealth
On Sunday, December 15 Gillian Abshire, Jasmine Martin, Camryn Warner, Samantha Guastella, and Nikoline Ostergaard all scored in double figures. This was the second time this season that the Bobcats had at least five players in double figures. On November 16, Abshire, Martin, Guastella, Ostergaard, and Brittany McQuain all scored in double figures at UT Martin.

Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks 10th in the nation in assists per game as of December 15th. She currently has 7.1 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 sixth in the conference in scoring with 15.2 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 14th in the conference with 11.4 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 (82%) while Martin is seventh in that category (77%).

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 10th, 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. Albany was also ranked in this poll coming in at No. 4.


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 885 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 1096 points. She is 111 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 – 2 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.