Iona College Gaels (24-3, 17-1 MAAC) at
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (18-10, 13-5 MAAC)
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Iona: 0-1
QU Last Five: 4-1
Iona Last Five: 5-0
QU Game Notes
WQUN 1220 AM Audio
Quinnipiac Hosts Iona Live On ESPN3
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team (18-10, 13-5 MAAC) will host to the top ranked team in the MAAC, the Iona Gaels (24-3, 17-1 MAAC) on Thursday Feb. 27th at 6 P.M. The Gaels have won five straight and were selected to finish second in the conference in the preseason poll. Quinnipiac was selected third in the poll.
Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team honored its senior class the best way possible on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats defeated Saint Peter's University, 67-44, on Senior Day at the TD Bank Sports Center. Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.), Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.) and Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) all were honored prior to the game.
All-Time Against Iona
Quinnipiac and Iona faced off for the second time on Jan. 10, 2014. Iona went on to win 95-86. Nikoline Ostergaard scored a career high 26 points for Quinnipiac. Iona took the first ever meeting in the first round of the WNIT in 2008, 71-59.
Scouting The Gaels
Iona is off to a (24-3, 17-1 MAAC) start. Their only conference loss came to Rider in overtime on Feb. 6th. 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.
Iona boasts the fifth best scorer in the country in Damika Martinez. Martinez is averaging 25.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting .461 from the field, .439 from beyond the arc, and 88.2 percent 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 17.0 points per game. Adams is one of two players in the entire conference to be averaging a double-double (17.0 ppg & 14.0 rpg).
McQuain Moves into Top Ten
With nine points on Senior Day Brittany McQuain moved past Rita Campbell '86 for 10th place on the all-time list (1,320). McQuain currently has 1,326 career points and is 32 points behind Maria Holland '86 for ninth on the all-time list.
Abshire Closes In On Holland
Gillian Abshire already holds Division I assists records for career assists and assists in a season. She already has passed her single season total for last season (164) with 192 assists. She is 20 assists away from Maria Holland '86 for most assists in a season. Holland achieved that in '82-'83, her freshman season at Quinnipiac. Holland is also second all-time for her junior season '84-'85 with 197 assists.
Climbing The Charts
With 14 points against Siena on Feb. 20 Brittany McQuain moved into 11th place all-time with 1,317 career points. She moved past Colleen Klopp '01 (1,307) and former teammate Courtney Kaminski '11 (1,311).
With 15 points against Monmouth on Feb. 7 Brittany McQuain moved past Lisa Caldwell '84 for 13th place on the all-time Quinnipiac list.
Abshire Moves Into Fourth
With 10 assists against Monmouth Gillian Abshire moved past Kara Cassidy '03 (418) for fourth place on the Quinnipiac all-time assists list. Abshire currently has 457 career assists. She is 15 assists behind Anna Wannstrom '93 for third place in school history.
McQuain Makes History
Senior forward Brittany McQuain tallied her 1,000th career rebound on Friday, Feb. 7th at Monmouth. McQuain became the fourth player in Quinnipiac history and second in Quinnipiac's DI history to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. McQuain is now just the third player in Quinnipiac history and first in DI history with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a career.
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 10 double-doubles on the season. With 10 rebounds on Feb. 7th at Monmouth McQuain recorded her 1,000th career rebound becoming just the fourth player in school history to achieve the feat. McQuain is only the second player in Quinnipiac Division I history with the accomplishment. McQuain currently has 1,059 career rebounds. She is 14 rebounds away from Jenn Hamilton '93 for third place on the all-time list.
Oskam Knocks Them Down
Junior Jaci Oskam knocked down the first field goals of her career with back to back three-pointers against Monmouth on Feb. 16. She chipped in with a career high eight points.
Abshire Doubles Up
Gillian Abshire finished one assist shy of tying a career high and school record in assists on Feb. 14. Abshire finished with 13 assists to go alongside six points, two steals, and four rebounds. It was the fifth time this season that Abshire posted double digit assists.
Guastella Sets New Career High
Junior forward Samantha Guastella set a new career high with 24 points in her New Jersey homecoming. Guastella went 7-for-13 from the field, 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-5 from the line. She added five rebounds, three blocks, an assist, and a steal.
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. (1,231 points)
Cannon Catches Fire
Senior guard Ellen Cannon scored a career high 17 points against Niagara on Feb. 1st. In the game Cannon went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and 2-2 from the free throw line. She also added a rebound, two assists, and a steal.
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.
McQuain Climbs Scoring List
With 18 points against Rider senior forward Brittany McQuain moved past Rosemarye Brown '89 (1,217) and Diane Dodge '89 (1,223).
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).
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.
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 73.3 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (70.6%) and seventh in field goal percentage (.390).The Bobcats are first in the MAAC in assists with 16.8 per game and first in rebounding (41.2). The Bobcats are third in the conference in steals (8.4) and second in three point field goals made per game (8.3).
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game as of February 24th. She currently has 6.9 assists per game after a year in which she was top ten in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 6.9 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.
Manz Stars For Bobcats
Freshman Morgan Manz had the best half of her young career on Sunday, Jan. 12th. Manz had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half as she led the Bobcats on a 24-12 run to end the half. It was the first time in her career that Manz scored double digit points.
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.
McQuain followed up her month of December with an even stronger January. She was one of three players in the conference to average a double-double in the month. She averaged 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds. She registered her 100th career block on Jan. 18 becoming the sixth player in school history to accomplish the milestone. McQuain joins Borja Angoitia as the only two-time Athlete of the Month winner this season.
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.
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 14.9 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 12th in the conference with 12.3 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds per game and second in steals with 1.8 steals per game. Martin is eighth in free throw percentage. (74.6%)
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.