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Quinnipiac University Bobcats
(21-6, 13-3 NEC) vs.
Robert Morris University Colonials (16-11, 10-6 NEC)
Saturday, February 25, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (21-6, 13-3 NEC) hosts Northeast Conference opponent Robert Morris University (16-11, 10-6 NEC) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats will honor their two seniors, Kari Goodchild and Jacinda Dunbar, prior to tip-off on Saturday afternoon. QU enters the weekend after winning its fourth straight NEC game to move into the first spot of the league standings, alongside Sacred Heart. The Colonials are currently third in the conference rankings with Monmouth and Saint Francis (Pa.). Fans can watch the game live on ESPN-3.
Live stats, video and audio of Saturday’s contest will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac women’s basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. In addition to watching the game live on ESPN, fans can listen on AM-1220 WQUN radio with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson.
Scouting Robert Morris
Robert Morris currently stands at 16-11 overall and improved to 10-6 in the NEC after winning four consecutive league games in the past two weeks. Most recently, the Colonials defeated Central Connecticut State, 75-48, and Bryant, 72-68, on their home court. RMU currently ranks second, behind Quinnipiac, in the conference standings in scoring offense with 67.9 points per game. The Colonials also have the second best free-throw percentage in the NEC (74.4 percent) while ranking third in rebounding with 41.5 boards per outing. RMU is led by sophomore Artemis Spanou, who leads the team and stands sixth amongst NEC opponents with 16.5 points per contest, while leading the league with 10.8 rpg. Fellow Colonials’ Mary Durojaye (13.4) and Briannica Tye (12.9) also rank in the top-ten of the NEC in scoring offense. Tye also ranks second in the conference in assists per game (5.26), while Durojaye paces the league in offensive rebounds (3.7/game).
All-Time Against The Colonials
Saturday marks the 24th meeting between Quinnipiac and Robert Morris, with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 14-9. Last year, the Colonials picked up a 75-67 win on Jan. 29 at the Bobcats’ home court. Most recently, QU defeated Robert Morris, 82-74, on Jan. 16, 2012.
Last Time Against RMU
The Bobcats look for a season sweep against the Colonials on Saturday afternoon. In their most recent match-up, QU earned an 82-74, league victory over Robert Morris earlier in the season. Four Bobcats posted double figures in the scoring column, including Felicia Barron with 26 points and Jasmine Martin with 22 points for career highs. RMU saw both Artemis Spanou and Mary Durojaye with double-doubles in the contest.
Last Time Out
In their most recent outing, the Bobcats defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 64-41, in a Monday matinee at the TD Bank Sports Center. QU was led by a trio of Bobcats, including freshman Jasmine Martin who scored a game-high 16 points. Senior Kari Goodchild tallied 14 points, while Felicia Barron put up 12 points. The Bobcats led by as many as 28 points on the afternoon while shooting 36.9 percent from the floor. QU controlled the paint as it outscored the Terriers, 34-to-20.
A Determined Defense
Quinnipiac held St. Francis (N.Y.) to 28.3 percent from the floor on Monday afternoon, the third time this season that the Bobcats have held their opponents to a field-goal percentage under 30-percent. QU also out-rebounded the Terriers, 54-to-39, the fourth time this year that the Bobcats have put up at least 50 boards in a contest.
QU moved into the 49th position, atop all NEC opponents, in the NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI rankings on Monday, Feb. 20. The Bobcats were previously ranked 62nd in last week’s standings.
Quinnipiac has now won 10 of its last 11 games played after winning four consecutive league contests. The Bobcats are also 18-0 when outshooting their opponents this season. Additionally, the Bobcats are undefeated at 10-0 when playing on Saturdays.
Quinnipiac will honor its two seniors prior to the start of Saturday’s game. Seniors Kari Goodchild and Jacinda Dunbar will be recognized for their tremendous impact and dedication to the women’s basketball program.
The Bobcats won, 54-51, in their second overtime game of the 2011-12 season at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Wellness Center. QU is now 2-0 in overtime this year after also beating Rhode Island, 72-67, earlier in the season. Both overtime games have been played on the road.
Sophomore Brittany McQuain recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 17th of her career at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. McQuain is currently the Bobcats’ top rebounder, averaging 9.5 rpg, and is third on the team in scoring offense with 10.5 points per game.
Before falling at FDU, QU had won 11 consecutive games on any court besides the Bobcats’ home arena, the most since the 1983-84 season when Quinnipiac won 13-straight road games. After winning at CCSU and LIU, the Bobcats are now 12-2 with one win at a neutral site.
Brittany On The Boards
Sophomore Brittany McQuain averaged a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Bobcats’ two-game tilt last week. McQuain currently has pulled down 256 rebounds this season, which ranks third in QU’s Division-I single-season history for rebounds.
College Sports Madness named Quinnipiac forward Brittany McQuain Madness NEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, as announced on Monday, Feb. 20 by the college athletics’ website. McQuain has received the honor twice during her sophomore campaign.
Believe In Barron
The Bobcats’ Felicia Barron continues to lead the team’s offensive effort with a team-leading 17.1 points per game. The 5-7 guard also leads the team, NEC, and nation in steals with 4.5 per game. She continues to close down on reaching the 1,000-point mark as she’s compiled a career-high 462 points in her junior season and 955 points in her career.
The Bobcats’ Bench
The Bobcats’ bench continues to be a tremendous asset this season as they’ve combined for 25.0 points per game, while Quinnipiac’s opponents’ reserves average 16.9 points per contest. QU’s bench totaled a season-high 46 points earlier in the season against Mount St. Mary’s on Jan. 30. In addition, nine players on QU’s squad of 15 student-athletes are currently averaging minutes in the double-digits.
What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) in its regular-season finale on Monday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats have clinched a spot in the 2012 NEC Tournament and will play in the Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3. Please refer to the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics for further details regarding tournament information at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.