In Annual Tournament
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team (0-3) will play in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend. The Bobcats will face the Commodores (2-1) on Friday, Nov. 26 at 5:00 p.m. and either Princeton (2-1) or USC (3-1) on Sunday, Nov. 26 at either Noon or 2:00 p.m. Both contests will be played in the Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn.
Live audio and stats of this weekend's games will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Fans can listen to the games on WQUN 1220-AM with Bob Mortali. Friday's game will be webstreamed for a fee.
Vanderbilt enters Friday's game with an overall record of 2-1 on the season. The Commodores won their first two games of the season at home. The team won, 73-52, against Howard in its home-opener on Nov. 14 and beat Samford, 70-60, on Nov. 18. In its most recent outing, Vanderbilt lost, 72-66, in its first away game of the season, to Florida State on Nov. 21. Overall, the Commodores are shooting just under 50 percent from the floor, with a .494 field goal percentage, and are .702 from the free throw line. In addition, the team averages 33 rebounds per game, while holding its opponents to 30.3. Christina Foggie leads the Commodores with 17.5 points per game and a .520 field goal percentage. In addition, the freshman guard has a team-high 13 assists on the season. Stephanie Holzer and Hannah Tuomi lead the team averaging 7.7 and 7.0 rebounds per game, respectively. Holzer is 14-15 behind the line with a .933 free throw percentage. Jasmine Lister leads Vanderbilt, from behind the arc, as she's 9-15 this season. The Commodores were selected to finish third in the Southeast Conference (SEC) Preseason Poll and as of Nov. 23, Vanderbilt is currently ranked 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll.
All-Time Against The Commodores
Quinnipiac holds an all-time record of 0-1 with Vanderbilt. In its only meeting, the Bobcats were edged by the Commodores, 75-74, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on Dec. 10, 2009. The Bobcats led at the half, 41-34, but the Commodores made a comeback in the second half, shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the line. Four Quinnipiac starters finished in double-digit scoring, including Kathleen Neyens, who scored a team-high 15 points. Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) earned a double-double, as she scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. In addition, Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) finished the game with 14 points, while Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored 13 and made a career-high seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Bobcats will face either Princeton or USC for the first time in school history on Sunday.
Princeton enters the Tournament at 2-1 on the season. The Tigers won their home-opener against Northeast Conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson, 78-37, on Nov. 13 before falling to Rutgers, 54-53, on Nov. 18. In their most recent outing, Princeton beat Lehigh, 69-52, in an away game on Nov. 21. The Tigers are led by Niveen Rasheed who is shooting .436 from the floor and averages 13.7 points per game. In addition, she leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per game and has made nine assists this season. Addie Micir has made an impact for Princeton, shooting .429 from behind the arc, as she's made nine three-pointers in the past three games. Overall, Princeton has a .419 field goal percentage, while its opponents are .347 from the floor. The team averages only 14 turnovers per game, while forcing its opponents to give up an average of 21.3 turnovers. The Tigers have pulled down 40.3 rebounds per game with a rebounding margin of +6.3. The Tigers were selected to repeat as the Ivy League champions in the Ivy League Preseason Media/SID Poll.
The Women of Troy enters this weekend's games with a 3-1 overall record. USC won its first game of the season against Gonzaga, 79-73, on Nov. 12. Its only loss of the season was at #6/5 Duke, 75-50, on Nov. 15. In the Trojans last two outings, they went 2-0. The team beat Long Beach State, 82-60, on Nov. 21 and Georgia, 71-63, on Nov. 23. Briana Gilbreath averages 12.3 points per game, while Christina Marinacci pulls down an average of 8.5 rebounds. In addition, Jacki Gemelos has a team-high 14 assists on the season and is 7-7 from the line. Overall, USC is .427 from the floor and has a .643 free throw percentage. The Trojans were chosen to finish fourth in the 2010-11 Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll.
Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) currently leads the team, averaging 10.0 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Brittany Crashes The Boards
Freshman Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) currently averages 5 rebounds per game and is tied for fifth in the Northeast Conference with 15 defensive rebounds on the season.
In its most recent outing, Quinnipiac fell to St. Bonaventure, 66-47, in a contest held at the Reilly Center on Nov. 21. The Bobcats were led by Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) as she scored 14 points and made four assists. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) pulled down a team-high six rebounds out of the team's 33.
Cross At Home
The Bobcats lost, 72-60, in its home-opener against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 17. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The team recorded a 66.7 free throw percentage and was .329 from the floor in the defeat. In the first twenty minutes of play, the score was tied four times, while the lead changed three times. Despite the loss, the Bobcats were able to hold the Crusaders to only a two-point lead in the first half.
Kaminski Scores 1,000th Point
Senior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) became the 17th Quinnipiac women's basketball player to score 1,000 points, as she scored 10 points in Wednesday's game against Holy Cross. The senior also made five rebounds in the contest, after missing the Bobcats' first game of the season.
Leading Ladies At Home
Red-shirt sophomore Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 14 points against Holy Cross. The guard also recorded a team-high four assists and two steals in the game. Junior guard Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) pulled down a team-high seven assists and scored six points. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J) led Quinnipiac with two blocks versus Holy Cross, also recording 11 points and six rebounds in the game. Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) was the only player to make every field goal attempt (6) in Wednesday's game. The junior forward scored 12 points, tallied one assist and pulled down four rebounds overall.
The Bobcats lost, 65-48, in their season-opener on Friday, Nov. 12 at Fairfield University. Overall Quinnipiac was .455 from the free throw line and had a .340 field goal percentage in the contest. The team was led by freshman forward Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and junior transfer Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa). Both Quinnipiac newcomers scored nine points, while McQuain also recorded seven rebounds.
What's Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays Vermont on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.