November 10, 2011

Women's Basketball Hosts James Madison In 2011-12 Season Opener On Friday, Nov. 11 At 4 PM

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
James Madison University Dukes (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Friday, November 11, 2011 – 4:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

2011-12 Season Opener
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team opens the 2011-12 season at home against James Madison University on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.

Live Coverage
Live stats, audio and video of Friday’s game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women’s basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Bobcats fans can listen to the game live with Bob Tipson and Bob Mortali on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting James Madison
James Madison finished the 2010-11 season at 26-8 overall and at 14-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes have won the last two CAA Championships and were picked to finish third in the league in the 2011-12 CAA preseason coaches’ poll, released earlier in the year. In addition, James Madison junior guard Tarik Hislop was named to the Preseason All-Conference second team, while red-shirt junior guard Jasmine Gill received honorable mention honors. James Madison returns starters Nikki Newman and Hislop, who look to lead the Dukes in the upcoming season. Hislop averaged 10.8 points per contest, while Newman compiled 5.6 rebounds per game last year.

All-Time Against the Dukes
Friday’s contest marks the first meeting between Quinnipiac and James Madison.

2010-11 Standings
The Bobcats finished the 2010-11 season at 14-16 on the year and 11-7 in the Northeast Conference to clinch the seventh seed in the NEC Tournament. The Bobcats lost to No. 2 Monmouth, 55-36, in a semi-final game in their 11th consecutive post-season appearance.

Three’s Company
Quinnipiac will be led by a trio of captains this season, including seniors Kari Goodchild and Jacinda Dunbar and junior Shelby Sferra.

Dunbar Will Be A Danger This Season
Senior forward Jacinda Dunbar returns after a stellar campaign in 2010-11. Dunbar made 24 starts for the Bobcats as a junior and ranked third on the team in points per game (9.7) and rebounds per game (5.7). The 5-11 forward also posted a team-leading 47 percent field-goal percentage last season.

Count On Kari
Senior Kari Goodchild returns for her second year with the Bobcats. The 5-10 guard made 26 appearances and averaged a team-high 30 minutes per game last year. The Van Horne, Iowa native also ranked second on the team in field-goal percentage, shooting 41 percent from the floor. Goodchild, a 2010 transfer from Kirkwood Community College, also compiled 8.3 points per game in her first season with Quinnipiac.

Felicia Is Fierce On The Perimeter
The Bobcats also return red-shirt junior Felicia Barron, who led Quinnipiac with 345 points, 118 assists and 63 steals last season. Barron, a 5-7 guard from Springfield, Mass., also ranked second in points per game (11.5). In addition, Barron led Quinnipiac from behind the arc with a 34.6 three-point field goal percentage as she made a team-leading 47 three-pointers during the 2010-11 season. She also received NEC Player of the Week honors and was named Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for January. 

Rookies Return
Quinnipiac returns sophomore forward Brittany McQuain after she pulled down a team-high 7.3 boards per game last season. McQuain, a 2011 All-Rookie honoree, was fourth on the team in points per game (9.2) and was ranked second with 22 blocks. The Independence, Mo. native was a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week award winner. The 5-11 forward also led all Bobcats with seven double-doubles in her freshman season.

Freshman Faces
In addition to eight returnees, the Bobcats also add seven new faces to the program, including six freshmen. Quinnipiac anticipates freshman guard Gillian “Boo” Abshire, a 5-8 Washington, DC native, to make an impact early in the season as the team’s starting point guard. Jasmine Martin, a 5-9 guard, comes to Quinnipiac after surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her four-year career at Timber Creek. Freshman forward/center Samantha Guastella will look to support the Bobcats’ efforts in the front court.

Cast Of Coaches
Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 17th season with the Bobcats, posting a 221-230 overall record. Assisting Coach Fabbri in their third and fifth seasons, respectively, are Mountain MacGillivray and Helen Ridley. Assistant Coach Danielle Brennan returns for her second year with the Bobcats, while Cary Simms joins the coaching staff in her first season as the Director of Basketball Operations.

NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll Predictions
The Bobcats were selected to finish sixth in the 2011-12 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll after clinching the seventh seed in its 11th consecutive NEC Tournament appearance last season. The 2011 NEC Regular Season and Tournament Champion, Saint Francis (Pa.) was picked to finish first in the poll with four first-place votes, while Robert Morris was tabbed second with two first-place nods. Long Island followed in third, while Monmouth and Sacred Heart were tied at fourth in the rankings, each receiving two-first place votes. Fairleigh Dickinson was the coaches’ seventh choice, followed by Bryant in the eighth position. Central Connecticut and Wagner were slated to finish in the 10th and 11 slots, respectively, while by Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the poll.

2011-12 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes)
1. Saint Francis (Pa.) (4)
2. Robert Morris (2)
3. Long Island (2)
4. Monmouth (2)
     Sacred Heart (2)
6. Quinnipiac
7. Fairleigh Dickinson
8. Bryant
9. Central Connecticut
10. Wagner
11. Mount St. Mary’s
12. St. Francis (N.Y.)

What’s Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
After hosting James Madison, Quinnipiac will travel to play Holy Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then host intra-state opponent Fairfield on Nov. 20 before traveling to compete in the St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic tournament on Nov. 25 and 26. Quinnipiac continues non-conference play at home against Massachusetts on Nov. 29 before hosting its first NEC contests of the 2011-12 season against Bryant and Sacred Heart on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, respectively.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu