Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 | 2:00 PM (ET) | People's United Center | Hamden, Connecticut
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (4-3, 0-0 MAAC) vs. Central Michigan University Chippewas (6-1, 0-0 MAC)
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GAME NOTES: QUINNIPIAC
All-Time Series vs. CMU:
The Bobcats and Chippewas have squared off twice in the all-time series, with Quinnipiac owning a pair of victories. The Bobcats handed the Chippewas one of their five losses during the 2017-18 season, winning 84-70 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Aryn McClure
had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Edel Thornton
added 16 points in the win.
HAMDEN, Conn. -
Quinnipiac women's basketball makes its long-awaited return home to the People's United Center after a season-opening seven-game road trip. The Bobcats will tip off against the Central Michigan University Chippewas at 2:00 PM in Hamden.
After Friday's victory at Harvard, Quinnipiac vaulted six spots in the NCAA RPI rankings to #11 overall. The Bobcats have played, or will play, six teams that are currently inside the top-100 on the RPI list.
FREE FOR ALL
Brittany Martin went 9-9 from the free throw line in Sunday's win over Ball State, the third most free throws in a game without a miss in Quinnipiac history. The team knocked down its first 15 freebies of the game, finishing 21-23 (91.3%) from the stripe, the best percentage (with more than 12 attempts) since February 25, 2010 against Monmouth. She followed that performance with a 4-4 night at Harvard. 13 free throws in a row is the longest streak by a Bobcat since Taylor Herd made 10 in a row over the course of nine games last year.
LOW TURNOVER RATE
Quinnipiac ranks 11th in the nation in least turnovers per game (12.1) and 26th in turnover margin (+6.71). The team's six turnovers against Missouri on November 24 were the team's least in a non-conference game since joining the Division I ranks. The team's 71 total turnovers through six games was also the lowest six-game total to start a season in Quinnipiac's Division I history.
Sunday's game marks the latest into the season the Bobcats have ever played their home opener, as the 2018-19 season began with seven straight games away from Hamden. The seven-game road trip was the longest to start a season in Quinnipiac's Division I history.
Fay scored the 1000th point of her career in Friday's loss to Texas. The redshirt senior joins Aryn McClure as the two active Bobcats to reach the plateau. Classmate Paula Strautmane is 50 points shy of the mark after Friday's game. If Strautmane reaches 1,000 points this season, she, Fay, and McClure would become the first trio of classmates to record 1,000 points in program history.
Strautmane's 159 career blocks rank in the top-25 nationally among all active DI players. The senior is 4th in Quinnipiac's all-time record book.
Quinnipiac enters the 2018-19 season as four-time defending MAAC regular season champions, earning the top record in conference play at 18-0 last year. Quinnipiac has dominated the league since joining in 2013-14, going 99-14 in conference play (including postseason).
LEADER OF THE PACK
Head coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 24th season leading the Bobcats in 2018-19, as the five-time Coach of the Year (third in five MAAC seasons) and all-time winningest coach in program history has totaled 411 career victories, thus far. Fabbri's Bobcats have reached the 20-win plateau in seven straight seasons, won four conference titles in the last six seasons and earned four consecutive MAAC Regular Season titles. She is on the verge of cracking the top 50 on the list active DI coaching victories.
ANOTHER NATIONAL POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
Quinnipiac's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament last year marked the seventh straight national postseason appearance for the Bobcats and the eighth in program history. Quinnipiac earned its first national postseason appearance with a trip to Iona in the 2008 WNIT Tournament and then made a second WNIT Tournament appearance in 2012 against Temple. The first NCAA Tournament berth came in 2013 as the Bobcats earned a No. 13 seed to play at No. 4 Maryland. Quinnipiac also took home the 2015 MAAC Championship, claiming a No. 12 seed and facing No. 5 Oklahoma. In the 2014 and 2016 postseason, the Bobcats advanced to the WNIT, defeating Maine, 90-44, in 2016 for the program's first-ever postseason win.
FIRST NATIONALLY RANKED WINS COME AT RIGHT TIME
The Bobcats are 2-15 all-time against nationally-ranked competition and own an all-time mark of 10-39 against teams in high-major conferences (ACC, BIG EAST, Big 12, B1G, Pac-12 and SEC). After going 0-for-9 in their first nine games against ranked foes, Quinnipiac won two straight games against nationally-ranked opponents in the 2017 NCAA Tournament before bowing out to the eventual NCAA Champions South Carolina (last year's non-conference schedule included losses to nationally-ranked Missouri and Ohio State). Quinnipiac had its first ranked win in an NCAA First Round victory over a Marquette squad that came in ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and followed that up with a road triumph over No. 16 Miami. The Bobcats' six other wins over high-major foes have come against Alabama, Minnesota, St. John's (NY), Syracuse and Providence (four times, including this season on Nov. 15).
HITTING THAT MAGIC NUMBER
Quinnipiac's 28 wins last season marked yet another 20-win campaign for Head Coach Tricia Fabbri in 2017-18. The 12th 20-win season in program history made it seven in-a-row as well as the ninth in Fabbri's 23-year coaching career at Quinnipiac. Quinnipiac is one of just 20 teams across the nation and one of six mid-major programs to record seven straight 20+ win seasons. Over those last seven complete seasons, Quinnipiac has compiled a record of 186-52 for a .782 win percentage which ranks as the 10th-best overall mark in the nation.
MAAC WIN STREAK
After going unbeaten in conference play last season, Quinnipiac takes a streak of 31 consecutive MAAC victories into 2018-19. The Bobcats' current streak is four games short of Marist's all-time mark of 35 straight MAAC victories (including postseason play).
GOTTA LOVE THAT HOME COOKIN
Quinnipiac's extended home dominance is particularly impressive when looking at games against MAAC opponents, as the Bobcats stand with a mark of 46-4 (.920) at home in league games since joining the conference in 2013-14. That prominence is only magnified when looking a since 2014-15, as the Bobcats are 40-1 (.978) at the People's United Center in conference games, with the only loss coming three years ago to Manhattan. The Bobcats are currently riding a 27-game unbeaten streak in home games against MAAC foes.
THE ULTIMATE CLOSERS
Quinnipiac has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past four seasons when building a first half lead. After starting 2016-17 with a mark of 2-0 when owning a halftime lead, the Bobcats recently saw one of their most impressive streaks in program history come to an end in a 71-68 loss at Temple. The undefeated streak, which lasted over the course of three seasons, came to an end at 45 straight wins for the Bobcats when holding a halftime lead. Quinnipiac went undefeated in both 2014-15 (24-0) and 2015-16 (19-0) and for the first two games of 2016-17 before suffering the defeat. Overall, however, the Bobcats went 22-2 in the 2016-17 season and 19-0 in 2017-18 to give Quinnipiac a mark of 86-2 since the start of 2014-15 in games in which Quinnipiac leads at the half.
THAT 70s SCORING SHOW
Since the 2007-08 season, Quinnipiac is 154-15 (.911) in games where the Bobcats score 70 or more points, including 78-2 (.975) combined since 2014-15. During 2017-18 (20-0), 2016-17 (16-0), 2012-13 (18-0) and 2010-11 (8-0), the Bobcats compiled undefeated records in each respective season when reaching the 70-point scoring plateau. Quinnipiac has improved its current win streak in those contests to 46 in a row (the last defeat was in overtime to FGCU in 2015-16 - the last regulation loss was to Oklahoma in the 2015 NCAA Tournament).
Quinnipiac will play its final road contest of 2018 when the Bobcats visit the Princeton University Tigers in New Jersey on Saturday evening. The tipoff on December 8 is scheduled for 7:00 PM.