Quinnipiac women's basketball's Brittany McQuain and men's ice hockey's Jordan Samuels-Thomas were selected as January's Athletes of the Month.
McQuain led the Bobcats to five wins throughout the month of
January. McQuain was one of only three players in the Metro
Conference to average a double-double in the month of
January. She averaged 13.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5
assists and 1.3 blocks per game, four of which were among the
conference leaders for the month.
McQuain registered at least nine rebounds and tallied double digits in points in five of the eight games. McQuain tallied a career high 18 rebounds against Rider on Jan. 3rd. She also chipped in with 22 points. McQuain added 23 points and 12 rebounds against Iona on Jan. 10. McQuain tallied 107 points in the month of January which moved her up to 14th place in school history. McQuain is nine points behind Lisa Caldwell ’84 for 13th place on the all-time list. (1,249)
McQuain registered her 100th career block on Jan. 18th against Siena as she became the sixth player in school history to accomplish the feat. With five more rebounds McQuain will record her 1,000th career rebound and become the fourth player in school history and second player in DI history to score 1,000 career points and add 1,000 career rebounds in a career. McQuain would become only the second player in school history and first in DI history to tally 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a career.
Other Nominations: Chelsea Laden (women's ice hockey), Shameal Samuels (women's indoor track)
Samuels-Thomas led nationally-ranked No. 3 Quinnipiac to a 5-1-0 record after posting a team-best eight points on the strength of four goals and four assists. Samuels-Thomas also had a team-high three multiple-point games with a goal and an assist in wins against nationally-ranked Union as well as Merrimack and Dartmouth, which his goal against Merrimack standing as the game-winner.
Samuels-Thomas became the newest member of college hockey's 100-point club when he set-up junior Bryce Van Brabant for his 11th goal of the year in Quinnipiac's 8-1 win against Dartmouth. Samuels-Thomas also posted a team-best +7, which ranked 12th among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players.
Samuels-Thomas now has 12 goals and 14 assists for the year and 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points for his career. This past week, he was also announced as a nominee for the Walter Brown Award, given to the top American born player in New England.
Other Nominations: Zaid Hearst (men's basketball)