Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Hosts University of R.I. Sunday, Nov. 24 At 2 PM

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Thanksgiving Basketball with the Bobcats

University of Rhode Island (2-2, 0-0 A-10)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Saturday, November 24, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.
TD Bank Center – Hamden, Conn. 

Home Opener
Quinnipiac women's basketball squares-off against the University of Rhode Island Rams for its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats have started a successful campaign, going 2-0 to start the season with wins against JMU and UMass Amherst.  The Rams are also off to a successful start winning back to back games against Bryant and Siena College.

Bobcats Giving Back
Prior to the start of the day's game the team will be collecting canned goods for the YMCA of Red Bank, N.J. to help with the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy.  All fans who bring a non-perishable food item will also receive a ticket for an upcoming women's basketball game.

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 Bob Mortali and Bob Tipson on AM-1220 WQUN.

Scouting the Rams
The Rams have started their season at 2-2 overall in nonconference matchups after falling in their season opener against Central Connecticut, 57-49.  In their most recent outing URI received a "W" against Siena in a low scoring, 47-39 win.  Freshman guard, Tayra Melendez leads the Rams back court with 27 points this season so far along with 18 rebounds and seven assists.  Also for Rhody, freshman forward Samantha Tabakman leads Rhode Island with 34 boards and 11.3 rebounds per game making her a top contender against the Bobcats forwards.  The Rams were picked to finish 16 in the 2012-13 Atlantic – 10 Conference, predicted in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.

All-Time Against Rhode Island
Saturday's contest marks the fourth all-time meeting between the two institutions. Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Rhode Island, 3-0. In their most recent match-up, the Bobcats won, 72-67 in overtime, on December. 10, 2011, in Kingstown, R.I.

Last Time Out
Continuing their season, the Bobcats traveled to Amherst, Mass., to take on the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen at the William D. Mullins Center on Friday, November 16.  Quinnipiac proved valiant over the Minutewomen, 81-72, for its second straight win to open the season. The game was a homecoming for Springfield, Mass. native Felicia Barron who lead the team with 26 points, to match her career high and three steals.  Also for the Bobcats, sophomore guard Gillian "Boo" Abshire posted a career high of 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and steals.  The Bobcats shot over 80% from the free throw line going 32-39 and forced UMass to 25 turnovers in the matchup.

Barron Banks it Back Home
Senior Felicia Barron continues to lead the Bobcats this season, already collecting 49 points and 8 steals to add to her senior campaign.  The veteran Bobcat returned home to her native Western Massachusetts to take on UMass last weekend.  Barron matched her career best from the floor with 26 points. Through two games she is average 24.5 points per game.

Boo's Best
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire marked a career best in Friday's match against UMass Amherst.  The composed killer on the court provided the Bobcats with 10 points to surpass her previous career high from her freshman campaign.  The Washington, D.C. native went 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. A threat on offense or defense, Abshire also provided the Bobcats with four boards, three assists and three steals.

Cracking the Rankings
Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team was ranked 22nd in the College Insider Sport's Women's Mid-Major Top 25 after the team's 2-0 start to the season. 

Barron Named NEC Co-Player of the Week 
The Northeast Conference recognized senior guard Felicia Barron as the NEC Co-Player of the Week for her performance against James Madison. In the first half alone, she tallied 10 points and four steals against JMU, before turning it on in the second half.  Tied with 15:52 to go in regulation, Barron was able to extend the lead with back-to-back shots that gave the Bobcats a 39-34 lead that they would not relinquish.

Double Trouble
With their potent defensive performance against JMU on Nov. 11, junior forward Brittany McQuain recorded her first double- double of the season.  The veteran power forward had 10 points, 10 boards, two blocks and five steals, matching her career best from last season. McQuain now holds 19 double-doubles for her career in a Bobcat uniform.  Along with McQuain, sophomore Samantha Guastella was a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood.  Aside from recording her first career double-double, Guastella knocked back 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Six of the points came from shots outside of the perimeter.

NEC Front Row
The Northeast Conference launched an online web stream site this fall, which allows fans to watch action from around the league free of charge. The site features a multi-event viewer that will allow basketball fans to watch multiple NEC games. 

What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
The Bobcats host Rhode Island in their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the TD Bank Sports Center. 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.

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