Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-9, 7-4 MAAC) at
Niagara University Purple Eagles (7-13, 5-6 MAAC)
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Gallagher Center – Lewiston, N.Y.
Series vs. Niagara: 1-0
QU Last Five: 4-1
Niagara Last Five: 3-2
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Quinnipiac Travels To Niagara
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (12-9, 7-4 MAAC) will travel to Niagara (7-13, 5-6 MAAC) on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The Bobcats are looking to bounce back from a loss at home to Fairfield. Niagara defeated Canisius in the Battle of The Bridge on Jan. 29. The victory marked Niagara's first home win over Canisius since '09-'10.
Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team lost a home MAAC contest to Fairfield, 61-52, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in conference play while Fairfield improves to 12-7 overall and 7-3 in MAAC play.
All-Time Against Niagara
Quinnipiac defeated Niagara in their first ever meeting on December 29, 2013, 84-61. Maria Napolitano and Adily Martucci led the way with career highs. Napolitano tallied 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Martucci added 17 points and three rebounds.
Scouting The Purple Eagles
Niagara is off to a 7-13 start. The Purple Eagles are 5-4 at home this season. Niagara boasts two scorers averaging more than 12 points per game in Meghan McGuinness and Chanel Johnson. McGuinness is eighth in the MAAC in scoring averaging 13.2 ppg while Johnson is 11th in the conference averaging 12.4 ppg. Niagara went 15-16 last season and finished fifth in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles won their opening round game in the MAAC Tournament before falling to top seeded Marist.
McQuain Moves Into 14th Place
With three points against Fairfield on January 26, Brittany McQuain moved past Mandy Penewell '09 for 14th place on the all-time list. McQuain currently has 1,233 career points. She is 16 points behind Lisa Caldwell for 13th place on the all-time list.
McQuain Moves Up The Rebounding Charts
With 11 rebounds against Fairfield on Jan. 5th Brittany McQuain passed Monique Lee '08 for fourth place on the Quinnipiac all-time rebounding list. McQuain has registered five double-doubles on the season. McQuain currently has 989 career rebounds. With 11 more rebounds she would become the fourth player and only the second in Quinnipiac's Division I history to score 1000 career points and have 1000 career rebounds. She is 84 rebounds away from Jenn Hamilton '93 for third place on the all-time list.
With three blocks against Siena on Jan. 18th Brittany McQuain became the sixth player in Quinnipiac history to record 100 career blocks. Junior forward Samantha Guastella became the seventh player in school history to record 100 career blocks with a block against Fairfield on Jan. 26th.
Guastella Has Career Day
Junior forward Samantha Guastella scored a career high 22 points on Saturday, January 18. Guastella went 6-for-11 from beyond the arc and pulled down 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Guastella also added two steals and two blocks in the game. Guastella tied a Quinnipiac single-game record with six threes.
Abshire Moves Into Top Five
With six assists against Saint Peter's on Jan. 16th junior guard Gillian Abshire passed Megan Bethal '98 for fifth place in school history in career assists (383). Abshire currently has 402 career assists. She is 16 assists behind Kara Cassidy '03 for fourth place in school history with 418 assists.
Carroll Chips In
Sophomore forward Katie Carroll posted career highs on Jan. 16 with seven points and six rebounds. Four of her six rebounds were offensive rebounds.
Martin Continues Scoring Ways
Junior guard Jasmine Martin posted her second consecutive 20 point game on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Saint Peter's. Martin has scored at least 20 points on seven different occasions this season. She has scored 20 plus points in three out of her last four games.
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 second in the MAAC with 71.7 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (70.3%) and seventh in field goal percentage (.384).The Bobcats are first in the MAAC in assists with 16.3 per game and first in rebounding (41.0). The Bobcats are third in the conference in steals (8.4) and second in three point field goals made per game (7.4).
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game as of January 27th. She currently has 6.8 assists per game after a year in which she was top ten in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 6.8 assists per game has her first in the conference.
Abshire Moves Past Fitzpatrick
With seven assists against Manhattan on Sunday, Jan. 12th junior guard Gillian Abshire moved past Kim Fitzpatrick '05 for sixth place (380) on the Quinnipiac all-time assists list.
Guastella Shines Against Manhattan
Junior forward Samantha Guastella had a great overall game against Manhattan on Sunday, Jan. 12. Guastella registered double digit points for the 10th time. Guastella finished with 12 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, and a steal.
Martin Joins The 1,000 Point Club
With a second half three pointer against Iona on January 10th, junior guard Jasmine Martin surpassed 1,000 points for her career. Martin finished with 10 points putting her at 1008 career points. She sits 19th place all-time after passing Dorise Blackmon '87 on the all-time list (1005 points).
Quinnipiac Athlete Of The Month
Brittany McQuain was named the Quinnipiac Women's Athlete of the Month for the month of December. In December, she led the Bobcats to four wins. She was named the MAAC player of the Week on December 2nd. McQuain averaged 8.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.7 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.
McQuain registered at least nine rebounds on four different occasions. She tallied double digit points in four games. On December 21 at Canisius, McQuain became the fifth player in Quinnipiac history and third in Division I history to tally at least 1000 points and 900 rebounds.
Ostergaard Has Career Day
Nikoline Ostergaard scored a career high 26 points against Iona on Friday, Jan. 10th. Ostergaard went 13-of-19 from the field and added five rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block.
MAAC Rookie of The Week
Sophomore guard Adily Martucci (Waterford, Conn.) of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been named the MAAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 by the league's front office.
Martucci scored a career high 17 points on Sunday against Niagara as the Bobcats picked up their second win in MAAC play.
McQuain Shines For Bobcats
Senior Brittany McQuain scored 22 points and pulled down a career high 18 rebounds on Friday, Jan. 3rd against Rider. It was the third double-double of the season for McQuain.
Sophomores Star For Bobcats
In the last game of 2013 on December 29 sophomore guards Maria Napolitano and Adily Martucci both achieved career highs. Napolitano had 20 points and hit four three pointers while also adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the afternoon. Martucci had 17 points and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Martucci had 12 first half points as she scored double digit points for the first time in her career.
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).
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.
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 fifth in the conference in scoring with 14.8 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 14th in the conference with 12.0 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game and third in steals with 1.9 steals per game. Martin is 10th in free throw percentage. (73.5%)
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).
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 junior Boo Abshire set a career high against No. 5 Louisville with 20 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.
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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.