Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-7, 3-2 MAAC) at
Iona College Gaels (11-2, 4-0 MAAC)
Friday, January 10th, 2014 – 12:00 P.M.
Hynes Athletic Center – New Rochelle, N.Y.
Series vs. Iona: 0-0
QU Last Five: 3-2
Iona Last Five: 5-0
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Quinnipiac Travels To Undefeated In MAAC Iona
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team (8-7, 3-2 MAAC) will travel to the top ranked team in the MAAC, the Iona Gaels (11-2, 4-0 MAAC), on Friday, Jan. 10th at noon. The Gaels have won 10 straight and were selected to finish second in the conference in the preseason poll. Quinnipiac was selected to finish third in the poll.
Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Fairfield University, 72-71, in an exciting game at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn on Sunday afternoon. The Stags overcame an 11 point halftime deficit and outscored the Bobcats 46-34 in the second half to take the one point victory. Fairfield improves to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in MAAC play. Quinnipiac falls to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Scouting The Gaels
Iona is off to an (11-2, 4-0 MAAC) start. The Gaels have won 10 straight. Iona is 5-1 at the Hynes Athletic Center this season with their only loss being a one point loss to Bowling Green in the Iona Tip-Off Tournament. The Gaels have defeated Siena, Saint Peter's, Canisius, and Niagara to start MAAC play. Iona went (20-13, 13-5 MAAC) last season. Their 13-5 MAAC record had them second in the conference. They made it to the MAAC Championship Game before falling to No. 1 seed Marist. The Gaels also made an appearance in the WNIT last season.
Iona boasts the fourth best scorer in the country in Damika Martinez. Martinez is averaging 25.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She is shooting .481 from the field, .476 from beyond the arc, and .914 from the line. Martinez was named the conference player of the year last season as well as First Team All-MAAC.
Martinez is not the only player excelling for the Gaels. Joy Adams is third in the MAAC in scoring with 17.7 points per game. Adams is one of two players in the entire conference to be averaging a double-double (17.7 ppg & 13.5 rpg).
Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 998 career points. With one more basket she will become the 20th player in Quinnipiac history with 1000 career points. Martin scored 20 points for the fifth time this season against Fairfield. In her career, Martin has scored at least 20 points on 12 different occasions.
Where Iona Stands In The MAAC
Iona has the top offense in the MAAC and compares similarly in many categories with the Bobcats. Iona leads the conference in scoring with 74.0 points per game. The Gaels are first in free throw percentage (84.1%). Iona is second in field goal percentage (.434) and first in defensive field goal percentage (.383). The Gaels are also first in three point field goal percentage (.391), three point field goals made per game (8.2), and blocked shots (5.4).
Abshire Climbing The Assist Charts
With nine assists on December 21, junior guard Gillian Abshire moved into seventh place in school history in career assists while passing Brianna Rooney '09 (344) and Erin Kerner '09 (342). On December 6th against Marist, Abshire passed Felicia Barron '13 (331). Abshire currently has 372 career assists. Kim Fitzpatrick '05 is sixth on the all-time list with 380 career assists.
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 eighth in the nation in assists per game as of January 6th. She currently has 7.1 assists per game after a year in which she was top ten 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.
College Insider Mid-Major Poll
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was receiving votes in the most recent College Insider Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by coaches on the committee. The Bobcats are 8-7 overall but have faced six teams that made the NCAA Tournament 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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.