January 23, 2011

Women's Basketball Faces Wagner On The Road, Monday At 7 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-9, 6-1 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (9-9, 2-5 NEC)
Monday, January 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Spiro Sports Center -Staten Island, N.Y.

Monday Night Basketball
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team travels to play in a Northeast Conference match-up against Wagner on Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y. The Bobcats are coming off its third-straight NEC win of the season against Mount St. Mary's, 74-60, on Saturday. The Seahawks' Kelly Clark scored a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Sacred Heart, 66-65, in Wagner's most recent outing. Quinnipiac is currently 6-1 in conference play, while Wagner is 2-5 in the NEC. Both teams hold an overall record of 9-9.


Multimedia
Live stats and audio of Monday's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Fans can listen to the game live with Bill Schweizer and Bob Tipson on WQUN 1220-AM.

Scouting The Seahawks
With a 2-5 record, Wagner is currently ranked ninth, alongside Bryant, in the NEC. The Seahawks went 2-0 last week, beating Saint Francis (N.Y.), 73-59, on Jan. 17 and Sacred Heart, 66-65, in their most recent outing on Jan. 22. Junior center Kelly Clark nailed her first career three-pointer to beat the final buzzer and lift Wagner past the pioneers on Monday. Senior guard Megan Mahoney led the Seahawks with a game-high 22 points in the win. Mahoney has compiled 999 career points. Overall, Wagner averages 63.4 points and 37.8 rebounds per game. The team has earned a 40.3 percent field-goal percentage this season. Clark is fifth in the NEC, averaging a team-high 13.6 points per game. In addition, Clark leads the conference with a .554 field goal percentage. Ashley Olsen leads the NEC in minutes played, averaging 36.72 minutes per game, and averages a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game. Mahoney has made an impact for the Seahawks averaging 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Last Time Against Wager
The Bobcats won its first NEC contest of the 2010-11 season against Wagner, 85-72, on Dec. 4. The Bobcats shot 46.6 percent from the floor, while the Seahawks shot 37.5 percent in the match-up. Quinnipiac outrebounded Wager, 45-32. Each team had four different players score in double-figures. Ashley Olsen led the Seahawks with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds, while Felicia Barron led Quinnipiac with a team-high 14 points in the win.

All-Time Against The Seahawks
Monday's game marks the 26th meeting between Quinnipiac and Wagner. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 19-6, having won 16 contests against the Seahawks, dating back to the 2002 season.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its third straight NEC contest against Mount St. Mary's, 74-60, in its most recent outing. The Bobcats led for the entire game, for their second time this season. Quinnipiac held a 43-21 advantage at the end of the first half and increased its lead to as many as 28 points with only 15 minutes remaining in the game. Felicia Barron (25), Brittany McQuain (12) and Jacinda Dunbar (11) each scored in double-figures.

50/50
For the first time this season, the Bobcats shot 50 percent from the floor, scoring 27-of-50 baskets in the win. The last time Quinnipiac held a field-goal percentage of 50 percent was against Central Michigan on Dec. 29, 2009.

Magic Versus Mount St. Mary's
After scoring 22 points against Bryant, Felicia Barron broke her career record again, as she scored a game-high 25 points against Mount St. Mary's. Barron has posted double-figures in 11 games this season. In addition, the sophomore sank six-of-seven three-point attempts against the Mount. Mandy Pennewell is the last Quinnipiac player to score six or more three-pointers in a single game, six at Central Connecticut on Jan. 24, 2010.

Hill At The Mount
Freshman Brittany Hill recorded career-high eight points and five rebounds against the Mountaineers. She scored each of her four field-goal attempts in the contest.

Leading Ladies
Senior center Courtney Kaminski leads Quinnipiac with 13 points per game, while Barron averages 12.3 points per game. Barron also leads the Bobcats in assists and steals, averaging 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Brittany McQuain has compiled a team-high 98 rebounds this season, while Kaminski has the highest rebound-per-game average (5.7) on the team.

Bobcats Beat Bulldogs
Quinnipiac beat Bryant, 85-74, on Jan. 17. The Bobcats led for the entire game and held their biggest lead, a 20-point advantage, 46-26, towards the end of the first half. The team had two 20-plus scorers, for the first time this year. Felicia Barron and Courtney Kaminski posted 22 points and 21 points, respectively. In addition, Brittany McQuain compiled 13 points and eight rebounds, while Kari Goodchild put up 13 points.

Three's Company
In the Bryant match-up, the Bobcats shot a season-high 69.2 percent from behind the arc, as they finished 9-of-13 three-pointers The last time Quinnipiac made 8 or more three-pointers in a single game, was at Robert Morris on Feb. 20, 2009.

Bobcats Versus Blue Devils
The Bobcats won their fourth NEC game of the 2010-11 season against in-state rival Central Connecticut State, 76-75, on Saturday, January 15. Sophomore Felicia Barron's three-pointer at the buzzer gave Quinnipiac its one-point lead in the victory. Overall, the Bobcats outshot the Blue Devils from both the field and the line. Quinnipiac scored 17 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds in the contest. Three Bobcats put up double-figures, including Courtney Kaminski (32), Brittany McQuain (12), and Felicia Barron (11).

Posting Points
Senior Courtney Kaminski scored a career-high 32 points and pulled-down eight rebounds in Saturday's game. The last Quinnipiac woman's basketball player to score above 30 points was Erin Kerner, with 32 points, against St. Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 10, 2009.

Barron Beats The Buzzer
Felicia Barron made an impact in the Bobcats' fifth home win of the season. Besides scoring the game-winning basket, she also compiled 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

Assisting the Wins
The Bobcats have tallied 20 assists in each of their last three games, against the Mount, Bryant and CCSU. Quinnipiac has earned 20-plus assists in four games this season, also recording a season-high 21 assists against Wagner earlier in the year on Dec. 4.

Charity Stripe Stats
In each of the Bobcats' nine wins this season, the team has outscored their opponent from the free-throw line. The Bobcats recorded a season-high 28 free-throws at Monmouth on Jan. 7, 2011.

1,000-Points And Beyond
Courtney Kaminski is looking to close down on 1,200 career points in the upcoming games. The senior center currently has compiled 1,178 career-points, ranking her 16th amongst Quinnipiac women's basketball players in all-time career points. Kaminski became the 17th Quinnipiac women's basketball player to score 1,000 points, as she scored 10 points in Quinnipiac's home-opener against Holy Cross this season.

Double Trouble
Two Bobcats have collected a double-double this year, including Courtney Kaminski and freshman Brittany McQuain. Kaminski has compiled two double-doubles this season. The senior posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against FDU and recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Bobcats second outing against UNH. McQuain scored 10 points and pulled-down 10 rebounds against Southern California on Nov. 28.

Making A Comeback
Since posting a -25.0 scoring margin for the month of November, Quinnipiac has since narrowed the gap to -4.4 points. After falling to Holy Cross in a game held at the TD Bank Sports Center, the Bobcats have gone undefeated at home (6-0), beating NEC opponents Wagner, Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut, and Bryant.

Making Noise In the NEC
Quinnipiac is second in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 64.9 points per game. The team is also ranked third amongst NEC teams in assists and steals, averaging 13.83 assists per game and 8.83 steals per game, this year.

Outstanding Offense
Three Bobcats are ranked in the top-30 of the NEC for scoring offense. Courtney Kaminski is ranked ninth amongst conference players, averaging 13.0 points per game, while Felicia Barron is 13th, averaging 12.3 points per game. Jacinda Dunbar averages 9.3 points, rounding out the group in 28th. Barron has tallied 76 assists this season and averages 4.22 assists per game, ranking her fifth in the NEC for assists. In addition, she is sixth amongst NEC players with 32 three-pointers on the year and leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio. Dunbar is fourth in the conference with a .492 field-goal percentage.

Dedicated Defense

Brittany McQuain continues to lead the Bobcats and the NEC with her defensive efforts. She ranks seventh in the conference, having blocked 18 shots this season. She also ranks high amongst NEC players in defensive rebounds (4.22).

What's Ahead In The NEC
The Bobcats will host Robert Morris on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 12:00 p.m. and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday, Jan. 31, at 7:00 p.m. The games will be held at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.