January 10, 2012

Women's Basketball Signs Two National Letters of Intent

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Katie Carroll (Westlake, Ohio) and Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati, Ohio) will join the Bobcats for the 2012-13 season.

Maria Napolitano, a guard, comes to Quinnipiac from St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is a four-year member of the SUA Varsity Basketball team and is currently averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game.  Napolitano was named team captain at St. Ursula in both her junior and senior seasons. After ranking second in points as a sophomore and junior, Napolitano received GGCL Second Team All-Star honors in back-to-back seasons. She’s also played with the Cincinnati Angels Basketball Club since 2006, which won the 2010 Adidas Summer Slam. Napolitano, daughter of Glen and Chris, is a member of the National Honor Society, EARTH Club, and board member of the GAA She also is a volunteer with the Bulldog Buddies tutoring program and plans to major in education at Quinnipiac.

“Maria is a hard-nosed, long, strong and highly skilled guard,” said Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. “She is so effective going forward with both hands that I really didn't know if she was a lefty or a righty when I first watched her play! Maria knows the game like a point guard, can stick the 3 regularly, gets to the rim, and has the size and toughness to play some forward for us. Her versatility is a tremendous addition to the program. In addition, Maria has two older sisters, both of which play Division-I athletics. She knows what it takes to be successful at the Division-1 level,” said Fabbri.

“Quinnipiac seemed to have everything I was looking for in a college,” said Napolitano. “The basketball team and coaches made me feel right at home on my visit. The combination of a competitive basketball schedule and strong academics made this the perfect school for me.”

Katie Carroll joins Quinnipiac from Westlake High School in Ohio where she is a two-time All-SWC player and four-year letter winner in basketball. Carroll, daughter of Dan and Susan, won the Hustle Award during the 2011 season, as she averaged 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior at Westlake. She also led the team with a .530 field-goal percentage, .710 free-throw percentage and .435 three-point shooting percentage. The six-foot forward has compiled 381 career rebounds across 72 games in three seasons. She also helped lead Westlake to the Sweet 16 twice, during her freshman and junior seasons. Carroll, who also plays for the TNBA West Elite, plans to major in the biomedical field.

“Katie is a great addition to our already formidable front line,” said Fabbri. “What has impressed me most about Katie is her defensive prowess on the interior. She is long, springy, has great timing and goes after the ball harder than most players want to. Offensively, Katie can face and knock down the foul-line jumper and puts it down like a guard. She will be a tough matchup for the opposing teams to defend.”

“I felt going to Quinnipiac was the best option,” said Carroll. “The program is definitely on an upswing and has a lot of talent. The campus is beautiful and more importantly, offers a brilliant education.”

The Bobcats return to action when they travel to play Northeast Conference opponent St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the DeGol Arena in Loretto, Pa.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu