Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Travels to James Madison In 2012-13 Season Opener On Sunday, Nov. 11

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
James Madison University Dukes (0-1, 0-0 CAA)
Sunday, November 11, 2011 – 1:00 p.m.
Convocation Center – Harrisonburg, Va.

2012-13 Season Opener
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opens the 2021-13 season on the road against James Madison University on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

Live Coverage
Live stats, audio and video of Sunday's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Bobcats fans can listen to the game live with Paul Pacelli and Luke Mauro on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting James Madison
The Dukes concluded a remarkable campaign in 2011-12, compiling 29 wins and a trip to the WNIT Championship game. The Dukes return to the court with nine returning players and three newcomers to Harrisonburg.  JMU recently opened their season on the road against ACC opponent Virginia.  The Dukes fell to the Cavaliers 57-78.  Junior guard Kirby Burkholder showcased a game high of 25 points, 15 of them alone in the first half of play.  Redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill and power forward Kanita Shepard crashed the Dukes front court with six rebounds apiece in the season opener.

All-Time Against the Dukes
Sunday's contest marks the second meeting between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and James Madison Dukes. The last time these two programs met was a year ago from the day on Nov. 11, 2011 when the Bobcats hosted JMU to start the 2011-2012 season.  The Dukes are 1-0 against the Bobcats.

2011-12 Standings
The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season at 22-10 on the year and 13-5 in the Northeast Conference to clinch the second seed in the NEC Tournament. The Bobcats lost to No.  3 Monmouth, 69-66, in the NEC semi-final game for their 12th consecutive post-season appearance.

Triple Threat
Quinnipiac will be led by a trio of captains this season, including senior Shelby Sferra and sophomores Gillian "Boo" Abshire and Jasmine Martin.

Barron Bares None
The Bobcats Felicia Barron, a 5-7 guard from Springfield, Mass., returns for her final year of eligibility after a breakout year last season.  The veteran had been named prior to the start of the season in the coaches overall pick for Player of the Year as well as holding a spot in the NEC first team this season.  Barron averaged 16.5 points and 4.2 steals per game in 2011-12 and earned her first career NEC accolade. Furthermore, her 133 steals was a nation-best, while her 16.5 points had her ranked fifth in the Northeast conference. Barron's season was highlighted by a record-breaking performance against Bryant (12/3), where she surpassed the NEC and QU marks for most steals (12) in a game.

Seniors Final Season
Returning for their final seasons alongside Barron are point guard Lisa Lebak and forward Shelby Sferra.  Lebak provides three years of experience, which includes 90 career games, over 200 assists and a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. She appeared in all 32 games last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.9 assists per game. Sferra averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13 games last season.

Queen of the Court
Junior power forward Brittany McQuain returns to the hardwood this season after a tremendous sophomore campaign. The junior was named to the NEC first team at the beginning of this season.  McQuain nearly averaged a double-double last season, bringing in 10.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. McQuain made her mark in the NEC, ranking third in double-doubles (11) and fourth in rebounding; a season highlighted by a 20-point, seven-rebound outburst against Monmouth in the NEC semifinals.

Warning: Warner
Camryn Warner returns for her third season with the Bobcats after showing remarkable strides in 2011-12. The 6-2, forward from Keene, N.H. averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, finishing second on the team in rebounding. Possibly the biggest improvement in her game was on the defensive side of the ball. Warner finished fifth in the Northeast Conference with 42 blocks (1.42 per game), moving her into fourth place all-time in QU Division I history.

Martin is a Must
Jasmine Martin returns to the court after an extremely successful freshman campaign.  The sophomore guard grew into a leader on the court accumulating 348 points her rookie season just behind leading scorer Felicia Barron.  . Martin averaged 11.2 points per game and finished second among rookies in scoring within the Northeast conference. Martin led the team with a .330 shooting percentage from long range and boasted a .742 shooting percentage from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Sensation
Quinnipiac returns sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire started in all 32 games and averaged a team-best 3.2 assists to go along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 points per game. She crossed the 100-assist plateau in her final game to solidify a 1.42 assist-to-turnover ratio, good enough for fourth in the NEC  Joining the ranks from Red Bank, N.J. is forward Samantha Guastella. She averaged 6.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and especially made an impact last season. Guastella recorded double-figures in six of the final 12 games, including an average of 12 points through the playoffs. Furthermore, her 40 blocks as a freshman is the most by a rookie in the Division I era.

Fresh Feet
In addition to the twelve returnees, the Bobcats add three new faces to the lineup this year. Quinnipiac anticipates freshman Katie Carroll, a 6-0 West Lake, Ohio native, to make an impact early in the season off the bench for the Bobcats.  Maria Napolitano a 5-8 guard will contribute valuable minutes after being an Ohio All-State selection after a terrific career at Saint Ursula Academy. Adily Martucci a native of Waterford, Conn. will redshirt her freshman season.

Cast of Coaches
Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri enters her 18th season with the Bobcats with 243 career victories from the all-time most winningest coach for Quinnipiac. Assisting Coach Fabbri in their fourth and third seasons, respectively, is Mountain MacGillivray and Danielle Brennan.  New to join the sidelines this year, in their first season for Bobcat Basketball is Assistant Coach Marie Warner and Kevin Sokolski as the Director of Basketball Operations.

NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll Predictions
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been selected to finish first in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The poll was announced by the league office on Tuesday, October 23 at its first-ever Media Day held at the new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season in second place in the NEC standings with an 13-5 record in conference play and a 22-10 overall record. Quinnipiac clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament for the 12th consecutive year. Following the Bobcats in the 2012-13 conference polls was Sacred Heart, who was tabbed second with four first-place nods. Monmouth followed in third, while Saint Francis (PA) and Robert Morris carried the fourth and fifth positions in the census. LIU Brooklyn was the coaches' sixth choice, followed by Mount St. Mary's in seventh, Central Connecticut in eighth, Bryant in ninth, while Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.), and Wagner rounded out the poll.

2012-13 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes)

1.   Quinnipiac (7)
2.   Sacred Heart (4)
3.   Monmouth (1)
4.   Saint Francis (PA)
5.   Robert Morris
6.   LIU Brooklyn
7.   Mount St. Mary's
8.   Central Connecticut
9.   Bryant
10. Fairleigh Dickinson
11. St. Francis (NY)
12. Wagner

What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
After traveling to James Madison, Quinnipiac will continue on the road to Massachusetts to play at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then host Rhode Island in their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24. Quinnipiac continues non-conference play on the road against intra-state rival Yale on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. The Bobcats will then open December at the Brown Bear Tournament hosted by Brown University where they will have a chance to play New Hampshire, Rider, and Brown on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, respectively.

Please refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu