December 14, 2012

Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball to Face Intrastate Rival Hartford, Sunday, Dec. 16, On CPTV Sports

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Hartford Hawks (7-2, 0-0 America East)

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Chase Family Arena, Hartford, Conn.
Series vs. Hartford: Quinnipiac, 9-7
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Hartford Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video Stream: Hartford Hawks
Television: CPTV & CPTV Sports
Live Stats

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Hartford Host the Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to the court on Sunday, Dec. 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. The game will be broadcasted on live television through CPTV Sports.

On The Air
Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcasted live on CPTV Sports John Holt will have the play-by-play call with Amy Lawrence providing insight on color commentary. The game can be viewed online through HartfordHawks.com by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.HartfordHawks.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio with Bob Mortali on play-by-play and Bob Tipson on color. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

Scouting the Hawks
Hartford takes the court on Sunday after a win over Ivy League opponent Dartmouth, 67-52, last Sunday, Dec. 9. The Hawks are led by former UConn standout Jennifer Rizzotti who enters 14th season on the sidelines after guiding the Hawks to six NCAA Tournament appearances. Hartford is off and running with a 7-2 overall in non-conference play.  The Hawks also rank high on the College Insider Top 25 Mid-Major Poll, sitting at No. 13 in the nation, just five places ahead of the 7-0 Bobcats. Senior Nikkia Smith leads the Hawks offense averaging 10.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Amber Bepko joins Smith in double-figures averaging 10.4 points per game. Katie Roth leads the rebounding efforts with 5.0 per contest. In their last outing against the Big Green, Bepko led the Hawks with 13 points and five steals, while senior Alex Hall collected 13 points going 6-8 from the floor.

All-Time Against Hartford
Saturday's game marks the 16th meeting between the two programs. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 9-7.  In their last meeting, the Hartford Hawks defeated the Bobcats, 71-53, in their 2009-10 season-opener on Nov. 14, 2009 in Connecticut's capital city. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac defeated Holy Cross 61-49, in their second home game of the season on Saturday, Dec. 8.   Senior Felicia Barron led the Bobcats offensively with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Sophomore Jasmine Martin 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 nabbed 11 points which included three, three-point field goals in 25 minutes of action. Head Coach Tricia Fabbri collected career win No. 250 in the triumph and Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to seven straight.

Fabbri Collects 250
Head coach Tricia Fabbri who has been on the Bobcat's sidelines for 18 years marked her 250th career win on Sunday, Dec. 8th against Holy Cross. Fabbri is already the program's all-time winningest coach with an overall mark of 250-240.

Super Start
Quinnipiac is off to a perfect 7-0 start, which includes a 16-2 mark in non-conference games since last season. The Bobcats' 7-0 start is the best start in Division I program history and second best all-time – only trailing a 9-0 start during the 1986-87 campaign.

Mid-Major Top 25
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.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks 6th in the nation for steals per game (4.14). So far this year the guard has compiled 29 steals in seven games.  Barron shares the number 6th ranking with Sylvia Shepard of Seattle University. In her last year of  eligibility, she collected a game high of six steals in the games against Yale (11/28) and Holy Cross (12/8).  Last year the Springfield, Mass. native led the country with 133 steals. 

Dishing Out
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 23rd in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.42).  In the last seven games 'Boo' has 29 assists to only 12 turnovers. In the game against Yale (11/28), Abshire collected eight assists and only one turnover in her best performance of her sophomore campaign.

All-Tournament Teammates
With the Bobcats victory over Rider (12/2), junior Brittany McQuain and sophomore Jasmine Martin were selected to the Brown Bear Classic All-Tournament team. McQuain was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the tournament. The duo each finished with 20 points against the Broncs giving the Bobcats a 72-57 edge in the championship game.

Making Her Mark
Sophomore Nikoline Ostergaard continues to improve this season, which includes two of her best performances to date.  In the game against Rhode Island (11/24), she finished with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting which including 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. The small forward followed with 12 points against Yale (11/28) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

College Sports Madness
Senior Felicia Barron was recognized by College Sports Madness as the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 26, 2012. Barron compiled 17 points and three assists in a non-conference win against the Atlantic-10's University of Rhode Island (11/24).

Boo's Best
Gillian Abshire marked a career best 10 points against UMass Amherst (11/16). The sophomore point guard erased her previous career high of seven points which she did  three times in her freshman campaign.  The Washington D.C. native went 7-8 at the charity stripe while providing the Bobcats with four boards, three assists and three steals.

Double-Trouble
Junior forward Brittany McQuain recorded her first double-double of the season against JMU (11/11).  The veteran power forward totaled 10 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and five steals in the team's season-opening victory. McQuain has 19 double-doubles for her career in Bobcat uniform.  Along with McQuain, sophomore Samantha Guastella was a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood, recording her first double-double in Bobcat uniform. Guastella knocked back 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
The Bobcats will welcome Big East powerhouse St. John's to the TD Bank Center 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 holiday break, 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.

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