Unbeaten Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 18 In College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was ranked 18th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. With their win last weekend, the Bobcats improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history since moving to the NCAA's top division. It also marks their best start since the 1985-86 campaign.

Quinnipiac, currently ranked No. 53 in the nation, remain in an elite group of 10 other teams who are still undefeated thus far. Most recently, head coach Tricia Fabbri collected career win No. 250 in a 61-49 Bobcats' victory over Holy Cross this past weekend. Fabbri improved 250-240 in her time at Quinnipiac, which now includes a 16-2 record in non-conference games since last season.

It wasn't the prettiest game of the season, but QU escaped with a comfortable victory at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday. Senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats offensively with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Fresh off a 21-point performance in the Brown Bear Classic Championship game, sophomore Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded double-digits for the fourth time in her last five games with 12 points. She went 4-of-8 from behind the arc and grabbed three rebounds in the win. Joining Martin with a hot hand from long range was fellow classmate Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.), who nabbed 11 points which included three, three-point field goals in 25 minutes of action.

Junior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) and sophomore Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) also played well for the Bobcats. McQuain scored seven points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Abshire finished with seven points and a game-high five assists. For the game, Holy Cross captured the edge in rebounding, 52-40, and points in the paint, 30-22. However, Quinnipiac's 27 points due to the long-range shot proved to be the difference. Holy Cross finished 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

The top five spots in the College Insider Mid-Major poll remained the same with the Bulldogs of Gonzaga taking 28 first place votes and the No. 1 slot. Green Bay received two first place votes and garnered second, while Middle Tennessee, Delaware and Chattanooga rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford (No. 13), who the Bobcats will take on this weekend, James Madison (No. 19), who the Bobcats beat in their season-opener, and Sacred Heart (No. 24), a fellow member of the Northeast Conference.

NCAA Division I College Insider Mid-Major Poll
December 11, 2012

Rk. Team Record Points Prev. Rk. Conference
1. Gonzaga (28) 9-2 762 1 West Coast
2. Green Bay (2) 6-2 704 2 Horizon
3. Middle Tennessee 6-4 669 3 Sun Belt
4. Delaware 5-2 606 4 Colonial
5. Chattanooga 7-1 603 5 Southern
6. Marist 4-5 560 8 Metro Atlantic
7. Princeton (1) 6-3 522 7 Ivy
8. Florida Gulf Coast 4-4 483 9 Atlantic Sun
9. BYU 5-4 480 6 West Coast
10. Toledo 7-1 478 11 Mid-American
11. Missouri State 5-3 464 14 Missouri Valley
12. Hampton 7-3 423 12 MEAC
13. Hartford 7-2 388 10 America East
14. Creighton 5-2 386 14 Missouri Valley
15. Bowling Green 6-3 329 16 Mid-American
16. Appalachian State 6-1 282 13 Southern
17. San Diego 6-2 272 18 West Coast
18. Quinnipiac 7-0 267 17 Northeast
19. James Madison 3-5 241 19 Colonial
20. South Dakota State 6-4 199 20 Summit
21. UALR 8-1 171 22 Sun Belt
22. Boston University 8-3 120 21 America East
23. Harvard 7-3 113 25 Ivy
24. Sacred Heart 4-4 100 24 Northeast
25. Idaho State 4-3 80 NR Big Sky

McNeese State 62, Liberty 52, Pacific 45, Saint Mary's 42, Drexel 24, Portland State 21, Montana State 18, Akron 11, Illinois State 10, Old Dominion 10, Bradley 8, Long Beach State 8, UT Martin 8, Stetson 7, Cal State Northridge 6, Loyola Marymount 6, Western Kentucky 6, Mercer 5, Central Michigan 4, Nicholls State 4, Youngstown State 4, Detroit 3, Iona 3, Albany 2, Campbell 2, Army 1, Lamar 1, Navy 1 .

Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood on Sunday, December 16 as head coach Tricia Fabbri and the Bobcats travel to the University of Hartford for a showdown against former UConn standout and Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford, Conn.

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.

Quinnipiac fans should 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.

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