Women's Basketball Set To Play At Fairleigh Dickinson Monday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-5, 9-2 NEC) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (10-13, 5-6 NEC)
Monday, February 6, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
Stratis Arena – Hackensack, N.J.

Bobcats Continue NEC Play On The Road
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (17-5 NEC) takes its season-best seven-game winning streak to Fairleigh Dickinson University (10-13, 5-6 NEC) on Monday night. The Bobcats take on the Knights in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Stratis Arena in Hackensack, N.J. at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the game after picking up its 11th road win of the year at Monmouth, 75-63, on Saturday afternoon, while FDU fell to first-place Sacred Heart, 62-47, in its most recent contest.

Live stats, audio and video of Monday’s outing 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 on AM-1220 WQUN radio with Bill Schweizer and Bob Tipson.

Scouting The Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson enters Monday night at 5-6 in league action, ranking seventh in the NEC standings with LIU Brooklyn. Earlier in the season, the Knights went on their longest winning streak, earning victories over four NEC opponents, but have since lost four of their last five games. FDU is 5-5 at home and 4-7 on the road this season. The team currently averages 56.8 points per game and 40.4 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Mariyah Laury leads FDU and ranks fourth in the NEC in scoring with 16.3 points per outing, while two other Knights post double figures in the scoring column, including Danielle Pankey (10.6 ppg) and Erica Livermore (10.4 ppg). Livermore also averages a team-high 6.7 boards per game, while she and Laury rank in the top-five of NEC opponents with free-throw percentages nearing the 80-percent mark.  Overall, the Knights lead the conference with five blocks per game.

All-Time Against Fairleigh Dickinson
Monday marks the 26th meeting between Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson, with the Bobcats leading the all-time series 21-4. QU remains undefeated at home, 11-0, and is 8-4 on the road with two NEC Quarterfinal wins at neutral sites. Last season, the Bobcats split a pair of league games with the Knights. Most recently, Quinnipiac defeated FDU, 75-56, on Feb. 26 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Three Bobcats saw double figures in the outing, including Kari Goodchild, Brittany McQuain and Jacinda Dunbar, while returning guard Mariyah Laury led the Knights with 15 points.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac continues to dominate NEC play as it won its seventh straight game of the season with a 75-63 win at Monmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4. Four Bobcats recorded double digits in the scoring column, including Felicia Barron with a game-high 23 points. Freshman Samantha Guastella led the team with seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks on the afternoon as the team outshot the Hawks with a 48.4 field-goal percentage (30-for-62). The Bobcats forced 19 turnovers on which they converted one-third of their total offense (25 pts).

Road Warriors
Quinnipiac has won 11 consecutive games on the road this season, posting a 10-1 away record, also winning one neutral game against Minnesota earlier in the season, making it QU’s longest streak at the Division I level and the most since the 1983-84 season when Quinnipiac won 13-straight road games. The Bobcats look to match the streak as they play their next two games on the road.

Making History
Freshman Samantha Guastella blocked a career-high seven shots against the Hawks on Saturday at the MAC. The rookie’s seven-block performance is the second most in a single game Quinnipiac 's Division I history. Kim Misiasek set the record of eight blocks in a single contest during the 1998 season at Monmouth.

Believe In Barron
Junior Felicia Barron has tallied a team-leading and career-best 392 points this season. With seven games still remaining in the regular season, Barron looks to become the 18th player in the QU women’s basketball program to break the 1,000-point mark as she’s compiled 885 points in her career at Quinnipiac.

Come Together
Six Bobcats have put together more than 100 points this year, including two freshmen in Jasmine Martin and Gillian Abshire. All of which, are shooting above the 35-percent mark from the floor.

QU Wins When…
The Bobcats are undefeated at 12-0 when leading at halftime and post a 14-0 record when shooting better than their opponents.

‘Aint No Mountain High Enough
Quinnipiac won its sixth straight game to improve to 8-2 in the NEC and maintain its second-place standing in the league as it cruised past Mount St. Mary’s, 89-73, at home last Monday. Twelve Bobcats added to the scoreboard, including six in double digits, led by Felicia Barron with a team-high 19 points. QU outshot the Mountaineers with a 58.2 field-goal percentage on the night.

National Standings
As of Jan. 30, Quinnipiac improved to 56th in the RPI Rankings, its best of the 2011-12 season, after compiling back-to-back wins last week. The Bobcats’ standing in the national rankings leads all NEC opponents. Last week, QU was positioned in the 58th slot.

QU Gives Out Pointers
Quinnipiac posted a season-best final point total, 89 points, in its win over Mount St. Mary’s on Monday, Jan. 30. The Bobcats have won each of their last five games by double figures and have recorded at least 71 points in each of their last seven outings. The team has also earned four wins this year by scoring at least 80 points, all during the month of January.

Offensive Threats
For the first time this year, six Bobcats recorded double figures in scoring against the Mount on Monday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. Felicia Barron made the largest impact with a team-high 19 points. The 5-7 guard has made nine consecutive appearances with double figures in the scoring column, while the she has recorded double digits in all but two games this year.

Dishing Out Dimes
The Bobcats tallied a season-high 24 assists against the Mountaineers on Monday. Freshman Shaina Earle led Quinnipiac in assists with a career-best six on the night.

Shooting For The Stars
Quinnipiac posted their second-best performance of the year in terms of shooting percentage as they finished 32-of-55 attempts from the floor (.582) against the Mount.

QU Athlete Of The Month
Junior Felicia Barron was recently named Quinnipiac Athlete of the Month for January after leading the Bobcats to a 7-1 mark during the month. The Springfield, Mass. native led all Bobcats with an average of 19 ppg and 26.8 minutes per outing, while she made 3.6 steals per contest to maintain her NCAA lead in steals (4.6 spg). Barron also averaged 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds during January, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.

Weekly Honors
Felicia Barron won her third Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week honor on Jan. 31 after leading QU in back-to-back NEC wins against Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner. Barron also was selected by College Sports Madness, a collegiate athletics website, as the NEC Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 30 for the second time this year. The guard was honored by the website earlier in the season as Mid-Major Player of the Week.

Seeing Double
Sophomore forward Brittany McQuain picked up her ninth double-double of the year and 16th of her career with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Bobcats’ Bench
The Bobcats’ bench remains an important asset to their scoring abilities as at least nine student-athletes have scored in each of Quinnipiac’s last five outings.

Stealing Streaks
QU’s Felicia Barron continues to rule the nation in steals per game (4.6) as she’s led the Bobcats’ efforts to lead the league with 10.8 steals per game. Barron’s career-high 12-steal performance against Bryant is tied at first in the NCAA standings for individual game-highs. Overall, Barron has made at least one steal in all 22 games this year and has compiled 100 steals on the year, which breaks the QU Division I Single-Season record for steals. Erin Kerner previously led the category with 78 steals during the 2005-06 season.

Sensational Scoring
The Bobcats continue to dominate the NEC in scoring with 70.2 points per game. Felicia Barron ranks second in the league and in the top-50 of the national rankings with 17.8 ppg. Jasmine Martin (10.5 ppg) and Brittany McQuain (10.4 ppg), the Bobcats second and third leading scorers, also rank in the top-25 of the NEC in scoring.

Bobcats On The Boards
Quinnipiac remains the NEC’s leading team in rebounding with 42.9 boards per outing. The Bobcats collected 50 or more rebounds in back-to-back outings, prior to playing Wagner. Brittany McQuain leads the Bobcats’ rebounding efforts with 9.5 rpg, which also ranks fourth amongst NEC opponents and in the top-50 of the national standings.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
The Bobcats will take on Central Connecticut State in back-to-back outings as a part of the NEC’s rivalry week. Quinnipiac will first play at CCSU on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. before hosting the Blue Devils on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. After QU travels to LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 18, the Bobcats will host their three remaining league games of the regular season.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu