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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Fairfield University Stags (2-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 1:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Play Host To Fairfield
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (0-2) will host non-conference opponent Fairfield University (2-1) on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats enter Sunday’s game after falling to Holy Cross, 80-70, in its most recent match-up, while the Stags lost, 65-48, at Vermont in their last outing.

Live stats, video and audio of Sunday’s game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac women’s basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Fans can listen to the game live with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting Fairfield
The Stags enter Sunday afternoon’s contest at 2-1 on the year. Fairfield defeated Stony Brook, 42-34, and Pacific, 56-47, earlier this season, prior to losing its first game of 2011-12 at Vermont, 65-48. Senior forward Taryn Johnson leads the Stags in points per game (12.7), while sophomore Katie Cizynski posts 10 points per game and a team-high nine rebounds per game. Both Johnson and Cizynski are currently shooting above 40 percent from the floor. Additionally, Johnson was selected to the Preseason All-MAAC first team, while junior guard Katelyn Linney received second team honors and senior guard Desiree Pina was named to the third team in the preseason coaches’ poll. Pina collected her 1,000th career point in the team’s win over Pacifica. In addition, Fairfield was picked to finish third in the MAAC Preseason Poll earlier this year.

All-Time Against The Stags
Fairfield leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac, 4-1, and have won the last three contests between the in-state rivals. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats dropped its 2010-11 season opener, 65-48, at Fairfield on Nov. 12, 2010. Prior to last year’s outing, Quinnipiac and Fairfield met during the 2001-02 season and three times between 1979 and 1981. The Bobcats defeated the Stags, 75-59, in the first match-up of the all-time series on Feb. 1, 1979.

Last Time Out
Despite career and team highs from sophomore Brittany McQuain, the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team lost to Holy Cross, 80-70, in its most recent outing on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Quinnipiac outrebounded Holy Cross, 41-39, forced 22 turnovers and tallied 13 steals in the non-conference game. The Bobcats took their first road-loss of the season to drop to 0-2 on the year.

McQuain Makes It Happen
Sophomore forward Brittany McQuain collected her first double-double of the season in the team’s loss at Holy Cross, Wednesday night. McQuain scored a career and team-high 18 points, while pulling down a team-leading 11 boards in the outing.

Barron Steals The Show
Redshirt junior Felicia Barron compiled a career-high eight steals at Holy Cross on Wednesday. Additionally, Barron scored 16 points and led the team with five assists against the Crusaders, while tallying 14 points, five boards, five steals and four assists against James Madison on Nov. 11. She currently averages 15 points per game.

Learn From Lebak
Junior guard Lisa Lebak compiled a season-high seven points and three rebounds against Holy Cross. She also scored the team’s only three-pointer of the game.

The  Details On Dunbar
Senior Jacinda Dunbar currently averages seven points and five rebounds per game, after scoring a season-high 10 points at Holy Cross.

2011-12 Season Opener
Despite narrowing a 22-point deficit to only a one-point gap in the second half, Quinnipiac was unable to come back in its season opener against James Madison, who defeated the Bobcats, 81-73, on Friday, Nov. 11. Quinnipiac’s second-stanza comeback attempt was sparked by junior Felicia Barron and freshman Jasmine Martin. In the last 10 minutes of play, Barron tallied 10 points and three steals, while Martin scored 15 of her 20 game-points. Overall, Quinnipiac shot 33.3 percent from the floor and pulled down 47 rebounds.

Career Firsts For Camryn
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner compiled her first career double-double as she made her first career start for the Bobcats in their season opener against James Madison on Nov. 11. Warner tallied career highs, posting 12 points and a team-high 11 boards. Warner led all Bobcats in minutes played (30) in the team’s first game of the year.

All That Jazz
Freshman guard Jasmine Martin scored a game-high 20 points across 19 minutes in her first collegiate game against JMU. Martin scored 17 of her 20 points during the second half. She also added two rebounds and one steal in the outing.

Kari Kicks Off The Season
Senior guard Kari Goodchild went six-for-six on the free-throw line as she picked up nine points, three rebounds and an assist against James Madison.

Rookies Rule
Freshman point guard Gillian “Boo” Abshire has started in each of the Bobcats two games this season. She and fellow classmate Samantha Guastella, a forward, each average three points and four rebounds per game.

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.

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.

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.

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
The Bobcats travel to compete in the St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic tournament where they will play against Minnesota on Nov. 25 and either St. Mary’s (California) or Virginia Tech on Nov. 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