Women's Basketball Hosts Final Non-Conference Game Against Saint Joseph's On Tuesday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-3, 1-1 NEC) vs.
Saint Joseph’s University Hawks (8-4, 0-0 A-10)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Host Final Non-Conference Game
The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team (9-3, 1-1 NEC) hosts its final non-conference game of the season against Saint Joseph’s University (8-4, 0-0 A-10) on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats enter the contest after defeating Patriot League opponent Army, 54-51, in their most recent outing, while the Hawks beat Boston College, 74-57, on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Live stats, audio and video of Tuesday’s match-up 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 with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson.

Scouting Saint Joseph’s
Saint Joseph’s currently stands at 8-4 on the year and is looking for its fourth-consecutive win after defeating non-conference foes in Saint Francis (Pa.), 83-53, UCLA, 64-60, and most recently, Boston College, 74-57. The Hawks are undefeated at home, 6-0, but have gone 1-4 on the road. The team averages 67.1 points per game and a +6.1 scoring margin, while they post 13 turnovers per game, which ties at sixth in the national D-I rankings. The Hawks are currently shooting 40.8 percent from the floor and their 36.8 three-point shooting percentage ranks 16th in the country. Saint Joseph’s is led by Michelle Baker who averages 11 points per game, while Kelly Cavallo leads the team in rebounds per game (8.2). Katie Kuester and Ashley Prim have also made an impact on the team’s offensive efforts with 9.7 and 9.1 points per game, respectively.

All-Time Against The Hawks
Tuesday night marks the first meeting between the Bobcats and Hawks in program history. Last season, Quinnipiac competed in the Saint Joseph’s Hawk Classic where it played Lafayette and New Hampshire at Hagan Arena.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats won their fourth-straight contest and second against a Patriot League foe, when they outlasted Army, 54-51, on Friday, Dec. 30 in West Point, N.Y.  Quinnipiac’s Felicia Barron led the team with 13 points, while Brittany McQuain posted 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the outing. Barron also pulled down a season-high six boards, while freshman Nikoline Ostergaard scored a career-high seven points against the Black Knights. Overall, the Bobcats out-rebounded Army, 44-to-36, and managed to lead by as many as 13 points that night. Additionally, the QU bench registered 16 points, while the team totaled 15 points off turnovers and 10 second-chance points.

Still At The Top In Steals
Junior Felicia Barron continues to lead the nation, league and team in steals with 65 on the year and 5.4 steals per game.

Dominating Double-Doubles
Sophomore Brittany McQuain ranks in the top-20 in the national standings with seven double-doubles on the year. The sophomore has combined for 14 career double-doubles.

She Shoots, She Scores
Felicia Barron is currently tied in the fourth slot of the NEC rankings and is 81st in the nation with 16.5 points per game. Barron’s 198 total points this season also lead the Bobcats.

Ranking In Rebounds
Forward Brittany McQuain leads the team and Northeast Conference with 10.5 rebounds per game, which also stands in the top-15 of the national leader board. The 5-11 sophomore has collected 126 boards this year.

The Bobcats Can Block
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner ranks fourth in the conference standings in blocks per game (1.42).

Featured Freshman
Freshman Jasmine Martin leads the Bobcats and ranks seventh in the NEC standings with a 76.7 free-throw shooting percentage. Martin currently ranks third on the team in points per game (11.3) and is one of three Bobcats to have reached the 100-point scoring mark with 136 points in her rookie campaign.

Felicia From Three-Point Range
Felicia Barron leads the conference rankings in three-point field goals made as she averages two three-pointers per game. The 5-7 guard leads the Bobcats with a total of 24 three-pointers this season.

A Win At American
Quinnipiac defeated Patriot League opponent American, 72-59, on Dec. 28 in Washington, D.C. in the team’s first meeting in program history. Felicia Barron scored a game-high 21 points, while Brittany McQuain pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. The Bobcats stayed ahead of the Eagles for the entire game and the team’s 13-point final scoring margin registers as Quinnipiac’s highest of the season. The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Eagles, 38-to-32.

Season-High Shooting
Quinnipiac shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor (26-52) and 52.9 percent from three-point range (19-17) at American. Felicia Barron led the Bobcats’ efforts from behind the arc as she finished five-of-eight three-pointers on the night.

What A Good Game
Senior Kari Goodchild scored a season-high 16 points against the Eagles, shooting six-for-eight from the floor and two-for-four from three-point range. She also collected two points from the charity stripe while compiling five boards.

Assisting The Win
Freshman Gillian Abshire tallied a career-high seven assists at American across 22 minutes of play in her 11th start of her rookie campaign.

A Victory Before The Holidays
The Bobcats defeated Yale, 68-63, on Dec. 20. Junior Felicia Barron led Quinnipiac with a season-high 24 points, while sophomore Brittany McQuain posted her seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Over The Hill
The Bobcats outrebounded Yale by 20 (56-to-36) as the team pulled down a season-high 56 rebounds, the first time this season that Quinnipiac has posted above 50 boards in an outing. 

The Scoring Situation
The Bobcats currently leads the Northeast Conference in scoring offense with 67 points per game. The team also ranks fourth amongst NEC schools with a +2.2 scoring margin.

Bobcats On The Boards
Quinnipiac also ranks first in league action in rebounding offense as they currently average 43.6 boards per game. The Bobcats are fourth in the conference standings for rebounding margin (+2.3).

Leading The League
The Bobcats are at the top of the NEC rankings in assist-turnover ratio (0.87) and also lead the conference with a turnover margin of +2.83. Quinnipiac ranks second in assists per game (14.67) and third in steals per game (10.67) amongst the NEC competition.

What’s Ahead For Quinnipiac
The Bobcats return to action when they re-open Northeast Conference play against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Quinnipiac will then host Long Island on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu