Zaid Hearst and Brittany McQuain Named Quinnipiac March Athletes of the Month

HAMDEN, Conn. – Bobcats' men’s basketball junior Zaid  Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) and women’s basketball senior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) have been named the Quinnipiac March Athletes of the Month, which was announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Zaid Hearst | Junior | Guard | Bethesda, Md. | Salisbury (Conn.) School

Zaid Hearst led the Quinnipiac offense in the month of March with 15.8 points per game. Hearst shot 47.4 percent from the field and was lethal from long range, shooting 64.3 percent. Hearst logged 34.2 minutes per game while also adding 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Hearst was named to the All-MAAC Third Team at season’s end.

Hearst's month was highlighted by a 25-point outburst at Marist College. He was 8-of-11 from the floor, 6-of-7 from beyond the arc and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line, while adding five rebounds, two assists, and a steal to complete his stat line. With the 25 points Hearst became the 36th player in program history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Hearst finished the season 10th in the MAAC in scoring (15.5), ninth in rebounding (6.6), fifth in free throw percentage (82.8 percent), eighth in three point percentage (.410), and seventh in offensive rebounding (2.6). 

Other Nominations: Connor Jones – Men’s Ice Hockey; Gill Conners – Men’s Lacrosse; Thomas Jankins – Baseball; Kei Ezaka – Men’s Tennis

Brittany McQuain | Senior | Forward | Independence, Mo. | William Chrisman

Brittany McQuain guided the Bobcats to four wins in the month of March including an appearance in the MAAC Championship Game and the school’s first at- large bid into the acclaimed Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). She averaged 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. Her 17.4 points per game was her highest total in any month this season. McQuain was also named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

With 87 points and 43 rebounds in the month she continued to climb the all-time charts. McQuain moved from ninth place to fifth place all-time with 1,439 points. McQuain also passed Ashlee Kelly ‘04 in all-time rebounding for second place in school history and first place in Division I history. McQuain finishes her career having appeared in 129 games which is the most appearances by any player in a Bobcat uniform. McQuain wins the athlete of the month award for the third time this season which is the most by a Quinnipiac male or female athlete in the 2013-14 academic year.

Other Nominations: Kelsey Rule – Acrobatics & Tumbling; Shameal Samuels – Women’s Outdoor Track & Field; Sydney Robey – Softball; Emily Ribbins – Women’s Golf; Kelsi Oliphant – Women’s Tennis; Kyra Ochwat (Women's Lacrosse)

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