Women's Basketball Travels To Canisius For First MAAC Road Game On Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6, 0-1 MAAC) at
Canisius College Golden Griffins (4-5, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – 2:00 P.M.
Koessler Athletic Center – Buffalo, N.Y.
Series vs. Canisius: 0-0
QU Last Five: 2-3
Canisius Last Five: 1-4

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Quinnipiac Travels To Buffalo For First MAAC Road Game
The Quinnipiac Women's basketball team (5-6, 0-1 MAAC) will face off against their second conference opponent Canisius (4-5, 0-0 MAAC) on Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 p.m. Canisius is playing in their first conference game of the season after going 8-10 in the MAAC last year. Quinnipiac is playing in their second ever MAAC game after dropping a close matchup to Marist on December 6th.

Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team outscored Holy Cross by nine points in the second half, but was unable to come back from a 22-point halftime deficit in a 84-71 loss to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

All-Time Against Canisius
This will be the first meeting between Canisius and Quinnipiac in school history.


Scouting The Golden Griffins
Canisius is off to a 4-5 start. They started 3-1, but have dropped four of their last five games. Canisius went 12-19 last season and finished seventh in the MAAC.  The Golden Griffins won their opening round game in the MAAC Tournament before falling to Iona. Canisius is led by Jamie Ruttle. Ruttle is averaging 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In her career, Ruttle has been named 2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year, 2011-12 All-MAAC Third Team, and a three-time All-MAAC Preseason Selection. She is 30 points away from reaching the 1000 point career milestone.

Did You Know?
Did you know that Quinnipiac assistant coach Marie Warner played her senior season at Canisius in 2008-09. She had an impressive senior campaign as she played and started in all 33 games. She was one of 15 players in the NCAA named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American. Warner was named to the All-MAAC First-Team. She led Canisius and ranked second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (8.6). She was third in the MAAC in free-throw percentage (.840) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.389). Warner earned MAAC All-Tournament Team honors after averaging 12.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in three MAAC tournament games. She was one of eight players in the country to record 21 points and 21 rebounds in a game during the 2008-09 season when she had 23 points and 21 rebounds against Saint Peter's on Jan. 30, 2009. She is tied for the Canisius Division I record with 21 rebounds. She recorded 11 double-doubles on the season, including a five game double-double streak at the end of January.


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 340 career assists which trails Erin Kerner '09 by two 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 939 career points. With 61 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 73.1 points per game. Quinnipiac is third in the conference in free throw percentage (73.6%) and sixth in field goal percentage (.390).The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 16.9 per game . The Bobcats  are second in the conference in steals with 8.3 steals per game and third in blocked shots (4.0).


Where Canisius Stands In The MAAC
Canisius is eighth in the MAAC in scoring with 59.2 points per game. They are tied with the Bobcats in field goal percentage (.390). They are fourth in the MAAC in blocked shots with 3.6 blocks per game.  The Golden Griffins are fourth in the MAAC in assists per game with 14.7 assists per game. They are third in three pointers made per game with 7.1 threes per game. 

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 moved up to 20th in the most recent CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by coaches on the committee.  The Bobcats are 5-5 overall but have faced six teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. On Sunday, the Bobcats defeated previously undefeated and No. 4 Albany, 74-53.


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 892 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 1109 points. She is 98 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.