Fairfield University Stags (0-0)
Friday, November 12, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall - Fairfield, Conn.
2010-11 Season Opener
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team begins its 2010-11 season Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Fairfield University. The Bobcats and Stags will face off at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn. for both teams' season opener.
Live video and stats of the game between Quinnipiac and Fairfield will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
The Fairfield University women's basketball team received 64 points in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason coaches' poll and was predicted to finish fourth, alongside Manhattan College, out of 10 teams. Junior Desiree Pina, the leading returning scorer for Fairfield, was voted to the All-MAAC Preseason Second Team, while junior Taryn Johnson and sophomore Katelyn Linney were named to the Third Team. Pina started in all 34 games for the stags, compiling 98 assists and averaging 12.1 points per game last season. Fairfield finished third in the MAAC last season with an 11-7 record in conference play and an overall record of 20-14.
All-Time Against The Stags
The Bobcats hold a 1-3 all-time record with Fairfield. In their last outing, the Bobcats lost 66-61 on Nov. 25, 2001 in a contest hosted by the Stags.
Quinnipiac was selected to finish sixth out of 12 teams in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats finished the 2009-10 season in eighth place in the NEC standings with a 7-11 record in conference play and a 12-18 overall record. Senior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) was selected to the Preseason All-NEC team. 2010 NEC Tournament finalist Long Island was the Preseason favorite, clinching the first place choice with six first-place votes.
This year's senior class will feature four Quinnipiac student-athletes. Fifth-year senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) will lead the Bobcats after finishing the 2009-10 season with 465 points and 228 rebounds. Kaminski brings veteran leadership to the team as a Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week honoree and member of the All-NEC Second Team last season. Fellow seniors Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.), Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) and Mia Picillo (Derry, N.H) will add experience to the Bobcats' line-up in the upcoming season.
Joining the senior class are members of the Bobcats' junior class, which includes Brittany Capozziello (Fairfield, Conn.), Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J), and Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.). Dunbar ranked third on the team averaging 9.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. Joining the Bobcats for her first season is Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa), a junior transfer from Kirkwood Community College, who led Kirkwood to two Conference, Regional and National Championships.
Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.), Robin Keke (Bowie, Md.), Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) make up the Quinnipiac sophomore class this season. Barron added to the Bobcats' offense last season, averaging 8.4 points per game, while Lebak ranked first on the team with 119 assists.
Two guards and two forwards make up the incoming freshman class this season, including Ellen Cannon (West Chester, Pa.), Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va.), Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.).
Cast of Coaches
Head Coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 16th season with the Bobcats, posting a 207-214 overall record. Assisting Coach Fabbri in their second and fourth seasons, respectively, are Mountain MacGillivray and Helen Ridley. In their first season with the Bobcats are Assistant Coach Danielle Wexler and Director of Basketball Operations Gerry Olinger.
Last Season Recap
The 2009-10 season concluded on Sat. March, 6, in the first round of the NEC tournament. Quinnipiac lost, 70-63, against the second-seeded Long Island, ending the Bobcats' season with a 12-18 mark.
O Captain, My
Seniors Alyssa Jann and Lailah Pratt were named Quinnipiac women's basketball captains for the 2010-11 season. Both players appeared in all 30 games last year, leading the Bobcats to their 10th consecutive NEC Tournament. Jann ranked in the top five in the NEC with a .400 three-point field goal percentage, while Pratt ranked third on the team with 129 rebounds.
Courtney Closes In On 1,000
Kaminski returns as one of the Bobcats' top players, as she's posted 996 career points. In 30 starts, the center averaged a team high of 15.5 points per game and a .428 field goal percentage last season. Kaminski led Quinnipiac with 228 rebounds, averaging 7.6 per game.
The Bobcats posted a .381 field goal percentage, while their opponents put up a .361 percentage last season. Quinnipiac compiled 1241 rebounds last year, recording 41.4 rebounds per game, 1.4 higher than its opponents.
What's Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac plays five non-conference games in November, including match-ups against Fairfield on Nov. 12, Holy Cross on Nov. 17 for the 2010-11 season home-opener, and St. Bonaventure on Nov. 21. The Bobcats travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take part in the Vanderbilt Tournament over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Quinnipiac will play two games in the tournament, its first on Nov. 26 against Vanderbilt and another on Nov. 28. The Bobcats play three-straight home games against Vermont on Dec. 1, Wagner on Dec. 4 and Army on Dec. 11. before heading to Yale on December 20 and New Hampshire on Dec. 22. Quinnipiac plays two contests in the St. Joseph's Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29 before conference play takes off on Jan. 4 against Mount St. Mary's.