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