Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 | 2:00 PM (ET) | People's United Center | Hamden, Connecticut
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (8-6, 3-0 MAAC) vs. Monmouth Hawks (5-8, 1-1 MAAC)
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HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac Women's Basketball returns home to the People's United Center on Saturday afternoon in search of a record-tying 35th-consecutive win in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play when the Monmouth Hawks visit Hamden for a 2:00 p.m. tip.
The program will also recognize a large group of returning alumnae at a halftime ceremony and will support breast cancer research and awareness by wearing pink for the Play4Kay initiative. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink as well, with the first 350 'pinked out' fans will receive a free pink Quinnipiac beanie.
LAST TIME OUT - QUINNIPIAC - W, 76-69, at Marist
Five Bobcats scored in double figures, including Taylor Herd's 18-point performance, as the Quinnipiac women's basketball team defeated conference rival Marist, 76-69, on Thursday afternoon. Paige Warfel tallied a career-high 13 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and went 9-9 from the free throw line in the win. Offensively, this was the third-highest point total of the season for the Bobcats and the third-straight game with 70+ points.
LAST TIME OUT - MONMOUTH - L, 55-43, vs. Rider
Despite holding the Broncs to 27.3% from the floor, Monmouth was outlasted by Rider on Thursday morning, 55-43. After taking a 16-12 lead in the first quarter, the Hawks were outscored 43-27 the rest of the way. Monmouth went just 2-18 from three-point range, including 0-11 in the first three quarters. Ten different Hawks scored in the loss, as junior Emani Clough lead the way with nine.
Dating back to play in the Northeast Conference, the Bobcats own a 26-17 edge in the all-time series with Monmouth. Since the two teams moved to the MAAC, Quinnipiac has won 11 of 13 matchups and the last four in a row. The last time the two teams squared off, the Bobcats earned an 83-44 victory in the MAAC Quarterfinals. Paula Strautmane and Jaden Ward both tallied ten points in the win.
MAAC WIN STREAK
After going unbeaten in conference play last season, Quinnipiac currently holds a streak of 34 consecutive MAAC victories The Bobcats' current streak is one games short of Marist's all-time mark of 35 straight MAAC victories (including postseason play).
Thursday's win over Marist was the seventh-straight win for the Bobcats against their MAAC rivals. Quinnipiac has won 10 of the last 11 matchups after losing three times in 2013-14, the team's first season in the MAAC.
THAT'S MORE LIKE IT
The Bobcats recorded season-highs in points (90), field goals made (35), three-point % (50.0), assists (23), rebounds (44), and steals (21) against Saint Peter's last week. This came just three days after setting then season-highs in points (81), field goals made (31), field goal % (50.8), three-point % (47.6), and assists (20) against Fairfield.
According to the official NCAA RPI, the Bobcats finished the non-conference portion of the schedule at 71st on the RPI list and played the 24th toughest schedule in the nation.
RUNNING AWAY WITH IT
The victory over Saint Peter's was Quinnipiac's seventh win of 40+ points since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. The win was also the 101st conference victory (regular season and playoffs) since the Bobcats joined the conference in 2013-14.
LOCK 'EM CATS
The Bobcats rank 31st in the country and first in the MAAC in scoring defense (56.5 opp ppg). Quinnipiac allowed just 11 points (four in the first quarter) to Richmond in the first half of last month's contest. It was the lowest point total in a quarter and half for any Bobcat opponent since Marist scored 10 points in the half and one in a quarter on February 23, 2017. Since that contest, the Bobcats defense has played two additional 4-point quarters (Fairfield & Saint Peter's).
LOW TURNOVER RATE
Quinnipiac ranks 40th in the nation in least turnovers per game (14.0) and 13th in turnover margin (+6.14). 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. The team is 39th nationally with 196 turnovers overall.
GRAND OLE' BOBCATS
Jen Fay scored the 1000th point of her career in this season's loss to Texas. The redshirt senior joined Aryn McClure as the two active Bobcats to reach the plateau. Classmate Paula Strautmane is six points shy of the mark after Sunday'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.
Taylor Herd's five three-pointers against Fairfield were the most in her three-year career and the most by a Bobcat since Carly Fabbri hit five against Fairfield on February 2, 2018. Brittany Martin matched that total with a career-high five triples against Saint Peter's on Sunday.
MORE FOR MCCLURE
With her first of three assists against UCF, Aryn McClure became the first Bobcat of all-time to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, and 300 assists (Queenie Edwards & Erin Kerner). She also recorded her 700th career rebound in the contest. The senior was named the MAAC Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness Player of the Week.
'TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING
Jen Fay ranks inside the top 100 nationally in assist-turnover ratio. Her 1.91 mark is the best among all MAAC players.
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 101-14 in conference play (including postseason).
FREE FOR ALL
Paige Warfel went 9-9 from the free throw line on Thursday at Marist, matching Brittany Martin's total in this season's win over Ball State, 9-9 is the third most free throws in a game without a miss in Quinnipiac's history. The team knocked down its first 15 freebies of the game vs. Ball State, finishing 21-23 (91.3%) from the stripe, the best percentage (with more than 12 attempts) since February 25, 2010 against Monmouth. Martin followed her 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.
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 415 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.
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 48-4 (.923) 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 42-1 (.977) 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 29-game unbeaten streak in home games against MAAC foes.
WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES
Freshman Mackenzie DeWees scored 13 points against Central Michigan. Her points were the most by a Bobcats freshman since Vanessa Udoji scored 16 against Saint Peter's on Dec. 1, 2016.
TOUGH TO BEAT
Earlier this season, Princeton became just the sixth Quinnipiac opponent (173 opponents all-time) to be unbeaten in two or more all-time matchups with the Bobcats.
The game at Harvard marked the latest into the season the Bobcats have ever played a home opener, as the 2018-19 season began with seven straight games away from home. The seven-game road trip was the longest to start a season in Quinnipiac's Division I history.
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 tenth-best overall mark in the nation.
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 88-2 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 157-15 (.912) in games where the Bobcats score 70 or more points, including 80-2 (.976) 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 49 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 hits the road again next weekend to visit the Niagara Purple Eagles and Canisius Golden Griffins on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.