Women's Basketball Looks For Season-Split At Sacred Heart On Monday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-5, 5-2 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (14-4, 7-0 NEC)
Monday, January 23, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
William H. Pitt Center – Fairfield, Conn.

Northeast Conference's Top Two Teams Square-off At Pitt Center
The Northeast Conference's top two teams will hit the hardwood for the second game of the regular-season series when Quinnipiac, currently in second place in the league standings at 5-2, faces first-place Sacred Heart on the Pioneers' home court on Monday, Jan. 23. The backend of the two-game set will take place at the William H. Pitt Center, slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Bobcats are looking for their fourth straight victory, as they've won four of their last five times on the court. In addition, Quinnipiac has won nine straight road games - its longest streak at the Division I level and the most since the 1983-84 season when Quinnipiac won 13-straight road games.

Live stats, audio and video of Monday's game 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 with Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson on the call.

Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers remain as the lone undefeated team in the Northeast Conference standings. SHU endured a difficult finish to its non-conference schedule where the team dropped three straight on the road. However, the Pioneers responded nicely in league play and are currently riding a five-game winning streak. Senior Callan Taylor, a 6-foot forward out of Overland Park, Kan., leads the Pioneers' offense with 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, two figures that rank her second and third in the NEC. Nonetheless, SHU's defense is the driving force behind the team's success thus far. The Pioneers lead the conference in scoring defense and are second in both field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage defense.

All-Time Against Pioneers
With their loss earlier in the season, the Bobcats fell to 34-24 in the all-time series with the Pioneers. SHU has prevailed in six of their last seven meetings, dating back to January of 2009.

Last Time Against SHU
Despite a team-high 19 points from Felicia Barron, the Bobcats were defeated by the Pioneers, 74-65, at the TD Bank Sports Center back in December. Barron finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, grabbed seven steals and two rebounds in the losing effort. Jasmine Martin poured in 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, while fellow classmate Samantha Guastella added a season-high 10 points and five boards. Turnovers proved to be the difference in this one, as 26 turnovers for the Bobcats resulted in 30 points for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart also knocked down 46 percent from the field and dished out 23 assists. QU made 40 percent of its shot attempts and edged the Pioneers on the glass, 38-34.

Last Time Out
Twelve Bobcats finished in the scoring column on Saturday afternoon as QU cruised past Bryant, 84-47, at the Chace Athletic Center. Overall, the Bobcats' final scoring margin of 37 points was the team's highest this season. Quinnipiac outshot Bryant from all areas on the court and out-rebounded the NEC-foe, 53-to-37. QU posted a 45.8 field-goal percentage (27-for-59), while shooting a season-high 88.9 percent from the line (24-for-27).

Honored By The NEC
Felicia Barron was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week, while freshman Jasmine Martin received her second Rookie of the Week accolade, announced on Tuesday afternoon. Barron was the team's leading scorer against RMU and Saint Francis (Pa.), averaging 25.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Martin led all league freshmen with an average of 15.5 points per game, while shooting 55 percent as she went 11-for-20 from the floor.

Brittany McQuain Picks Up Weekly Award
Quinnipiac's Brittany McQuain was named College Sports Madness NEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 23 after leading the Bobcats to three straight wins on the road last week.

Felicia Is Fierce
Felicia Barron's 26-point performance at RMU stands as a career-high for the redshirt junior. Barron currently leads the Bobcats and ranks third in league action with 17.1 points per game after averaging 20 points in the team's last three outings. Barron's 17.1 ppg also ranks in the top-60 of the national standings.

Martin Makes It Happen
Freshman Jasmine Martin registered a career-high 22 points against the Colonials on Jan. 16. The 5-8 guard ranks second on the team in points per game (11.6) and has compiled 208 points in her rookie campaign.

Keep It Up Camryn
Sophomore Camryn Warner matched a career-high 13 points at Robert Morris on Jan. 16. Warner is one of five Bobcats to have reached the 100-point mark with 124 points on the year. She currently ranks fourth on the team in ppg (6.9) and is second for QU in rpg (5.1).

Season-High Shooting
The Bobcats have finished with over 80 points in each of its last three contests and leads the NEC in scoring offense with 68.4 points per game.The Bobcats' 85-point victory at SFU stands as the highest point total this season. The Bobcats also combined for a season-high 60.8 field-goal percentage (31-for-51) against the Red Flash on Jan. 14. The 60.8 shooting percentage stands as the second time the Bobcats have shot above the 50 percent mark this year, while it ranks 24th in the Division-I standings.

Awesome Assists
The Bobcats collected a season-high 22 assists at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 14. Nine players contributed at least one assist in the outing, but Kari Goodchild and Gillian Abshire led the way with four each.

Success From Three-Point Range
Quinnipiac compiled a season-best 10 three-pointers at SFU as they shot 71.4 percent from three-point range, which currently ranks first in the national standings.

Felicia's Arc
Felicia Barron led the Bobcats' efforts from beyond the arc as she went 6-of-7 from long distance. Barron currently ranks sixth in the NEC with a 36.7 three-point percentage (36-for-98). The 5-7 guard averages a team-high 2.12 three-pointers per game, which leads the league.

Nikoline Plays Nice
Freshman Nikoline Ostergaard registered a career-high eight points against SFU. The Denmark native also pulled down three rebounds in the outing.

Still At The Top In Steals
Junior Felicia Barron continues to lead the nation, league and team in steals with 84 steals on the year and 4.7 steals per game. Barron's 12-steal performance against Bryant also is tied at first in the national standings for individual game-highs.

The Scoring Situation
Three Bobcats Continue to dominate the NEC in scoring, including Felicia Barron at third in the standings with 17.1 ppg, Jasmine Martin at 19th with 11.6 ppg, and Brittany McQuain at 22nd with 10.4 ppg.

Dominating Double-Doubles
As of Jan. 16, sophomore Brittany McQuain ranked in the top-20 in the national standings with eight double-doubles on the year. The sophomore has combined for 15 career double-doubles.

Ranking In Rebounds
Forward Brittany McQuain leads the team and ranks fourth in league play with 9.6 rebounds per game, which also stands in the top-50 of the national leader board. McQuain's 3.5 offensive rebounds and 6.1 defensive boards per contest are in the top-five in the NEC. The 5-11 sophomore has collected 173 boards this year.

The Bobcats Can Block
Sophomore forward Camryn Warner ranks fourth in the conference standings in blocks per game (1.4) with 26 total on the year.

Featured Freshman
Freshman Jasmine Martin leads the Bobcats and ranks fifth in the NEC with a 78.7 free-throw shooting percentage (48-of-61). Martin is the only rookie to have reached the 100-point mark this year with 208 points.

NCAA RPI Rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 16, the Bobcats ranked 80th in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball RPI Rankings, behind only one NEC opponent in LIU Brooklyn (77th). The Bobcats previously ranked 78th.

Bobcats On The Boards
QU continues to dominate league action in rebounds as it ranks first in rebounds per game with Bryant (42.5). The Bobcats also lead the conference with an average of 27.53 defensive rebounds per contest.

Bobcats Turning It Around
Quinnipiac leads the NEC with a +3.25 turnover margin and ranks second with a 0.87 assist/turnover margin.

What's Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns the hardwood with a pair of home games this coming weekend. The Bobcats welcome Wagner on Saturday, January 28 before hosting Mount St. Mary's on Monday night.

 Contact: Loliveri@quinnipiac.edu