HAMDEN, Conn. – A challenging 29-game regular-season schedule, which includes two in-season tournaments and a home game against 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 contender St. John's, is in store for the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team for the 2012-13 season, announced on Thursday, July 19 by Head Coach Tricia Fabbri.
"Once again, I think our non-conference schedule is a daunting one," said Coach Fabbri. "Our non-conference philosophy has always been to test ourselves and prepare us in the best way possible for the conference schedule. The college experience should be about challenging yourself as a student-athlete. We did just that last year in California, beating Minnesota and a tough host team, St. Mary's. It was a defining moment for us and proved to us how good we were. We hope playing teams from traditionally strong conferences will again bring out our best."
Quinnipiac, coming off a spectacular 22-win season and its second trip to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), opens its campaign on Sunday, Nov. 11 with James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. The Dukes concluded a remarkable campaign in 2011-12, compiling 29 wins and a trip to the WNIT Championship game. James Madison met Oklahoma State in the finals and fell eight-points shy of a national postseason title. After that, the Bobcats will head up north for a Friday afternoon (Nov. 16) showdown at UMass in Amherst, Mass. In 2011-12, Quinnipiac handed UMass a three-point loss in Hamden, Conn. to even the all-time series up at one apiece.
The Bobcats will enjoy a week off before opening competition at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood for Atlantic-10 member Rhode Island (Nov. 24) at the Bank for a non-conference matinée. Last year's meeting in Kingston, R.I. featured an overtime thriller where the Bobcats prevailed with a 72-67 victory. Four days later, QU heads over the town border into New Haven to face in-state rival, Yale University. The Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs last year and improved to 9-7 in the all-time series.
For the weekend, Quinnipiac heads to Providence, R.I. to compete in the first of two in-season tournaments at the Brown Bear Classic. Along with the Bears, the Bobcats will join Rider and New Hampshire in the four-team invitational. Quinnipiac will endure back-to-back games on Saturday (Dec. 1) and Sunday (Dec. 2), with the two winners set to play for the title on Sunday afternoon.
Quinnipiac then enters the most difficult portion of its schedule six days later. The Bobcats play host to Holy Cross (Dec. 8) at the Bank, which will kickoff a QU basketball doubleheader as the men's team will take on Vermont afterwards. Up next, the Bobcats travel 30 miles north to the University of Hartford (Dec. 16) for a showdown against former UConn standout and Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti. It certainly doesn't get much easier after that, as the Bobcats welcome Big East power St. John's to the Bank on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Red Storm made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, but had their quest for the NCAA Title cut short by the 2nd seeded Duke Blue Devils.
After a brief break for the holiday season, the Bobcats wrap up non-conference play with their second in-season invitational at the Florida International University Tournament. QU will join the Panthers, Northeastern and Georgia Tech in Greater Miami, Fla. on Saturday (Dec. 29) and Sunday (Dec. 30). FIU was alongside the Bobcats in the 2012 WNIT, while Georgia Tech was a Sweet 16 Contender in last year's NCAA Tournament, before being ousted by #1 seed Baylor University – the eventual 2012 NCAA Champion.
The Northeast Conference schedule starts five days into the New Year, where the Bobcats will enjoy three out of the first four games at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats welcome 2012 NEC Semifinalist LIU Brooklyn on Saturday (Jan. 5) and St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday (Jan. 7) at 7 p.m. The showdown with the Blackbirds is the front end of a basketball doubleheader at the TD Bank Sports Center. The ensuing Saturday (Jan. 12) Quinnipiac hosts Sacred Heart at the Bank, before heading on the road for a Monday night quarrel with Bryant. The front end of the QU basketball doubleheader against the Pioneers is crucial, as SHU was crowned the 2012 NEC Champion and awarded a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The following week ignites a vital stretch for the Bobcats, as the team plays five of their next seven games away from home. Quinnipiac travels to Saint Francis (Pa.) (Jan. 19) and Robert Morris (Jan. 21), returns home for FDU (Jan. 26) and intrastate rival CCSU (Jan. 28), and then hits the road for Wagner (Feb. 2), Mount St. Mary's (Feb. 4) and CCSU (Feb. 9). The Bobcats combined to go a perfect 5-0 against those teams last season. The contest against the Knights will kickoff a doubleheader in Hamden, as the men's team will take on FDU following the conclusion of the women's game.
The remainder of the schedule features four home games and three away games. Quinnipiac will play host to Monmouth (Feb. 11), Saint Francis (Pa.) (Feb. 16), Robert Morris (Feb. 18) and Bryant (Feb. 25). The meeting with the Red Flash will conclude the list of QU basketball doubleheaders, with the men's game scheduled for 3 p.m. The 7 p.m. tilt against the Bulldogs will also be Senior Day at the TD Bank Sports Center, with a brief ceremony prior to tip-off. The Bobcats conclude the regular-season on the road at LIU Brooklyn (Mar. 2) and the season-finale at St. Francis (N.Y.) (Mar. 4).
The 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament will once again feature the league's top eight teams in a single-elimination playoff. The tourney opens on Saturday, March 9 with the quarterfinals, followed by the semifinals on Tuesday, March 12 and the finals on Sunday, March 17.
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
2012-13 Quinnipiac University Women's Basketball Schedule
|Oct. 27, 2012||at Boston College (Scrimmage)||12 p.m.|
|Nov. 11, 2012||at James Madison||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 16, 2012||at UMass||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 24, 2012||Rhode Island||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 28, 2012||at Yale||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 1, 2012||at Brown Bear Classic - TBA||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 2, 2012||at Brown Bear Classic - TBA||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 8, 2012||Holy Cross||12 p.m.|
|Dec. 16, 2012||at Hartford||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 22, 2012||St. John's||1 p.m.|
|Dec. 29, 2012||at FIU Tournament - TBA||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 30, 2012||at FIU Tournament - TBA||2 p.m.|
|Jan. 5, 2013||LIU Brooklyn*||12 p.m.|
|Jan. 7, 2013||St. Francis (N.Y.)*||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 12, 2013||Sacred Heart*||12 p.m.|
|Jan. 14, 2013||at Bryant*||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 19, 2013||at Saint Francis (Pa.)*||4 p.m.|
|Jan. 21, 2013||at Robert Morris*||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 26, 2013||Fairleigh Dickinson*||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 28, 2013||Central Conn. State*||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 2, 2013||at Wagner*||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 4, 2013||at Mount St. Mary's*||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 9, 2013||at Central Conn. State*||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 11, 2013||Monmouth*||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 16, 2013||Saint Francis (Pa.)*||12 p.m.|
|Feb. 18, 2013||Robert Morris*||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 23, 2013||at Sacred Heart*||4 p.m.|
|Feb. 25, 2013||Bryant*||7 p.m.|
|Mar. 2, 2013||at LIU Brooklyn*||4:30 p.m.|
|Mar. 4, 2013||at St. Francis (N.Y.)*||7 p.m.|
|Mar. 9, 2013||NEC Championship Quarterfinals - At Higher Seed||1 p.m.|
|Mar. 12, 2013||NEC Championship Semifinals - At Higher Seed||7 p.m.|
|Mar. 17, 2013||NEC Championship - At Higher Seed||7 p.m.|
|Bold:||Indicates Home Game at TDBSC|
|Brown Classic:||at Brown University - Providence, R.I.|
|FIU Tournament:||at Florida International - Greater Miami, Fla.|
|* :||Indicates Northeast Conference Game|
|Schedule:||Game Times Subject To Change|
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