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Quinnipiac University Bobcats
(20-6, 12-3 NEC) vs.
St. Francis (N.Y.) College Terriers (3-23, 2-13 NEC)
Monday, February 20, 2012 – 2 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Begin Three-Game Homestand
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (20-6, 12-3 NEC) closes out the regular season with three consecutive games to be played at the TD Bank Sports Center. First, the Bobcats host St. Francis (N.Y.) (3-23, 2-13 NEC) on Monday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the Northeast Conference match-up after defeating LIU Brooklyn, 54-51, in overtime on Saturday afternoon, while the Terriers came close to taking down first-place Sacred Heart in their most recent outing.
Live stats, video and audio of Monday’s contest 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 on AM-1220 WQUN radio with Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson.
Scouting St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Terriers enter Monday with a 2-13 mark in conference action, which ranks 11th in the NEC standings. Since defeating Robert Morris, 70-62, in late January, the Terriers have lost six straight games. Most recently, St. Francis (N.Y.) was outlasted by first-place Sacred Heart, 57-53, on Saturday, Feb. 18. Freshman Jaymee Veney registered a team-high 13 points, while fellow classmate Jessica Kaufman and sophomore Jasmin Robinson each pulled down nine rebounds against SHU. Despite the loss, the Terriers outshot the Pioneers as they posted a 38.6 field-goal percentage. Veney currently leads SFNY with 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also leads the Terriers and the NEC with a 51.0 field-goal percentage (99-for-194). Overall, St. Francis (N.Y.) averages 47.7 points and 31.1 boards per outing.
All-Time Against The Terriers
Monday marks the 24th meeting between Quinnipiac and St. Francis (N.Y.) with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 17-6. Quinnipiac stands at 8-2 in Hamden, Conn. and 9-4 on the road against the Terriers. Last year, the Bobcats outlasted SFNY on the road, 56-54, on Feb. 7, 2011. QU’s Brittany McQuain led the game with 17 points.
Last Time Against SFNY
Earlier in the 2011-12 season, Head Coach Tricia Fabbri earned her 100th career road-win as Quinnipiac defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 59-43, on Jan. 7. Felicia Barron registered a game-high 25 points, while Jasmine Martin scored 13 points and Camryn Warner led the Bobcats with six rebounds. Jaymee Veney put up a team-high 11 points for the Terriers. The Bobcats posted 18 steals and forced 33 turnovers, while shooting 81.5 percent from the charity stripe, the team’s second-best free-throw percentage this year.
Last Time Out
In its most recent outing, Quinnipiac outlasted LIU Brooklyn, 54-51, in an overtime thriller at the Blackbirds’ home court on Saturday afternoon. Brittany McQuain led the Bobcats with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while LIU’s Ashley Palmer collected a game-high 29 points and Ebony Davis pulled down 12 boards.
Outlasting Opponents In Overtime
Quinnipiac picked up its second overtime-win of the season with a 54-51 victory at LIU. Earlier in the year, the Bobcats defeated Rhode Island, 72-67. Quinnipiac is 2-0 when playing in overtime, both of which were 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 second on the team in scoring offense with 10.8 points per game.
Quinnipiac has won nine of its last 10 games, improving its overall record to 20-6. The Bobcats continue to hold the second position in the league standings with a 12-3 mark in conference play, one game behind top-ranked Sacred Heart.
A Look At The League Standings
Five universities have clinched NEC Tournament berth, including Sacred Heart who remains in first place at 13-2, while Quinnipiac ranks second with a 12-3 mark in the NEC. Monmouth is currently third at 10-4, while Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa) are tied in fourth at 9-6. Still looking to make appearances in post-season play are LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut State.
Rivalry Week A Success
Quinnipiac clinched a spot in the 2012 NEC Tournament as it swept Central Connecticut State in a two-game series during the league’s Rivalry Week. The Bobcats defeated the Blue Devils, 64-59, on Feb. 11 at CCSU’s home court, followed by a 58-49 win at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Believe In Barron
Felicia Barron continues to lead QU with 17.3 has compiled a season-high 450 points during the 2011-12 season. Barron looks to become the 18th player in Quinnipiac women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark as she’s compiled 943 points in her career with the Bobcats. The red-shirt junior has posted double figures in all but three games this season.
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 17.1 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.
Brittany Leads The Boards
Sophomore Brittany McQuain, who’s pulled down 247 boards this year, became the fifth player amongst Quinnipiac’s Division I Single-Season category leaders in rebounds as she pulled down nine rebounds against CCSU last Wednesday. McQuain has compiled 463 rebounds in only two seasons at QU, which ranks sixth in Quinnipiac’s Division I history for career rebounds.
The Bobcats continue to lead all NEC opponents in the NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI, as they stand 62nd in the rankings, as of Monday, Feb. 13. Last week, Quinnipiac held the 57th spot.
All I Do Is Win, Win, Win No Matter What
Quinnipiac is now undefeated at 17-0 when outshooting their opponents this season. After defeating LIU, the Bobcats have also won all nine games played on Saturdays.
QU In The Polls
Quinnipiac received votes in College Sports Madness’ Women’s Mid-Major “Top 25” rankings on Feb. 14. The Bobcats earned 17 votes which placed them at 32nd in the website’s poll.
Featuring The Bobcats
The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team was recently featured in a segment by Rich Coppola on Fox Connecticut News. The piece highlighted the Bobcats’ and junior Felicia Barron’s success thus far into the 2011-12 season.
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.
QU’s Felicia Barron continues to rule the nation in steals per game (4.38) as she’s led the Bobcats’ efforts to lead the league with 11.0 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 26 games this year and has compiled 114 steals on the year. Barron broke the QU Division I Single-Season steals record earlier in the year.
The Bobcats continue to dominate the NEC in scoring with 68.7 points per game, while their scoring margin of +6.2 ranks second. Felicia Barron ranks second in the league and in the top-50 of the national rankings with 17.3 ppg. Brittany McQuain (10.8 ppg) and Jasmine Martin (10.7), 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 41.8 boards per outing. The Bobcats have collected at least 50 rebounds in three outings this season. Brittany McQuain leads the Bobcats’ rebounding efforts with 9.5 rpg, which also ranks third amongst NEC opponents and in the top-50 of the national standings.
Besides leading the conference in scoring offense, steals and rebounds, the Bobcats also rank first amongst NEC opponents with a turnover margin of +3.96. QU ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (0.90) and in assists per game (15.00).
What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac finishes the regular season with a two-game homestand against NEC opponents from the Keystone State. The Bobcats will host Robert Morris on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a NEC match-up against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Both games will be played at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
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