Women’s Basketball Announces 2011-12 Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has once again prepared a grueling schedule for the 2011-12 season. The Bobcats will play 14 home games, including a pair of home contests against Atlantic 10 opponents, Massachusetts and St. Joseph’s. Intrastate foes Fairfield, Yale and Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut will also visit the TD Bank Sports Center in the upcoming year.

"We've put together a very challenging non-conference schedule that will prepare our team for the always competitive Northeast Conference season," said Fabbri. "We're excited to have James Madison, Fairfield, UMass, Yale and St. Joseph’s visiting the TD Bank Sports Center this season. I also like putting a national tournament on the schedule, and the St. Mary’s Tournament will provide great experience for our ladies."

The docket gets started with a matinee Friday, Nov. 11 against James Madison. The 4 p.m. start marks the first-ever meeting between the Bobcats and the Dukes. Following a road tilt at Holy Cross on Nov. 16, the Bobcats return home to face Fabbri’s alma mater, Fairfield. The Bobcats fell to the Stags in last season’s opener, marking just the second time Fabbri had faced her former team as head coach of the Bobcats.

The Bobcats then head to the suburbs of San Francisco to take part in the St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic. There, they’ll face two of the three teams taking part in the Nov. 25 and 26 invitational – St. Mary’s, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. Both contests will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools, as Quinnipiac has never faced any of the schools involved.

Upon returning to the east coast, the Bobcats will open a three-game home stand. Up first is a Nov. 29 pairing with Massachusetts, which defeated the Bobcats in the 2009 Brown Bear Classic Championship Game in the only prior meeting between the two schools. Quinnipiac then opens Northeast Conference play against Bryant on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sacred Heart on Monday, Dec. 5.

The Bobcats challenge Rhode Island on Dec. 10 in Kingston, R.I., before returning home to face Yale, following first-semester final exams on Dec. 20. Following a week off for the holidays, the Bobcats close 2011 at Patriot League foes American and Army on Dec. 28 and 30, respectively.

Quinnipiac rounds out the non-conference docket with a Jan. 3 meeting with St. Joseph’s at the TD Bank Sports Center. A Jan. 7 pairing at St. Francis (N.Y.) gets conference play restarted in earnest, before the Bobcats welcome Long Island to the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 9.

Following four road contests at Robert Morris, Saint Francis (Pa.), Bryant and Sacred Heart, the Bobcats welcome Wagner and Mount St. Mary’s to Hamden on Jan. 28 and 30. The Saturday contest against Wagner will be played as part of Linda Wooster Girls and Women in Sports Day.

After Saturday and Monday contests at Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac will play its first NEC Rivalry Week series against Central Connecticut, after two years against Sacred Heart. The first game will be played Saturday, Feb. 11, in New Britain, before the Blue Devils make the return trip to Hamden on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Following their final road contest of the regular season on Feb. 18 at Long Island, the Bobcats play three straight home games to close out the conference schedule. St. Francis (N.Y.) visits the TD Bank Sports Center on Feb. 20, before Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris come to Hamden on Feb. 25 and 27, respectively.  

The Northeast Conference Tournament will once again be played at higher seeds. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, March 3, with the semifinals and championship following on Tuesday, March 6 and Sunday, March 11, respectively.     
All games are subject to change as a result of possible television programming. Bobcats fans should visit the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes in addition to breaking news and highlights. Quinnipiac fans who wish to purchase tickets can buy them online at www.QuinnnipiacBobcats.com or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.

Date             Opponent                                          Location                                                                           Time

Nov. 11       James Madison                                TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              4:00 PM

Nov. 16        @ Holy Cross                                     Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.                                      7:00 PM

Nov. 19       Fairfield                                             TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              1:00 PM              

Nov. 25        @ St Mary's^                                      McKeon Pavillion – Moraga, Calif.                              7:00 PM

Nov. 26        Minnesota or Virginia Tech^          McKeon Pavillion – Moraga, Calif.                              7:00 PM

Nov. 29       Massachusetts                                 TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM              

Dec. 3          Bryant*                                              TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              12:00 PM

Dec. 5          Sacred Heart*                                  TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM

Dec. 10        @ Rhode Island                                 Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I.                                            1:00 PM

Dec. 20       Yale                                                     TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM

Dec. 28        @ American University                   Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.                  7:00 PM

Dec. 30        @ Army                                               Christl Arena, West Point, N.Y.                                    7:00 PM

Jan. 3           St. Joseph’s                                        TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM

Jan. 7            @ St. Francis (N.Y.)*                        Pope PE Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.                                    7:00 PM

Jan. 9           Long Island*                                     TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM              

Jan. 14          @ Robert Morris*                             Sewall Center, Moon Township, pa.                            7:00 PM

Jan. 16          @ Saint Francis (Pa.)*                      DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pa.                                              2:00 PM

Jan. 21          @ Bryant*                                           Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, R.I.                        1:00 PM

Jan. 23          @ Sacred Heart*                                Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn.                                           7:00 PM

Jan. 28        Wagner*                                            TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              12:00 PM            

Jan. 30        Mount St. Mary’s*                           TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM

Feb. 4           @ Monmouth *                                  Rothman Center, Teaneck, N.J.                                     4:00 PM

Feb. 6           @ Fairleigh Dickinson *                  Boylan Gymnasium, West Long Branch, N.J.            7:00 PM

Feb. 11       Central Connecticut State*         TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              1:00 PM

Feb. 15         @ Central Connecticut State*          Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Conn.                   7:00 PM

Feb. 18         @Long Island*                                   Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.      4:00 PM

Feb. 20       St. Francis (N.Y.)*                           TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM              

Feb. 25       Saint Francis (Pa.)*                        TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              4:00 PM              

Feb. 27       Robert Morris*                                TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.              7:00 PM              

March 3       NEC Quarterfinals*                           TBA                                                                                    TBA

March 6       NEC Semifinals*                                TBA                                                                                    TBA

March 13     NEC Final*                                          TBA                                                                                    TBA


*Northeast Conference game

^St. Mary's Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic


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