Women’s Basketball Moves to No. 17 in College Insider Mid-Major Poll

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was ranked 17th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by coaches on the committee. This marks the highest ranking in Quinnipiac history since the Bobcats became eligible for the poll back in 1998 when they joined NCAA Division I.

The top five spots in the College Insider Mid-Major poll contained the same teams with the Bulldogs of Gonzaga taking 30 first place votes and the No. 1 slot. Delaware received one first place vote and garnered second, while Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee Green Bay rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford (No. 11), who defeated QU this past weekend, and James Madison (No. 22), who the Bobcats beat in their season-opener.

Most recently, the Bobcats fell to 7-1 on the season – ending their longest unbeaten streak to start a season since joining the NCAA's highest division. Senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a team-high 16 points and snatched a season-high eight steals and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) finished with 15 points, but Quinnipiac couldn't convert key possessions down the stretch en route to its first loss of the season.

Junior Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) turned in a solid all-around performance, just falling short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds while also totaling four steals.  Quinnipiac was out-shot in the first half, but five three-pointers, including a pair by Ellen Cannon (Westchester, Pa.) off the bench, kept the game close after first half, 34-30, in favor of the Hawks. Cannon went three of three from behind the arc in the contest.

Quinnipiac used a 6-0 run to start the second half to tie the game, before Hartford eventually pulled away. 11 of Barron's 16 points - as well as five of her eight steals - came down the stretch. Hartford's Nikkia Smith came off the bench to counter Barron's second-half performance, dropping 12 points in the second frame, powered by 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Smith also collected four rebounds and had three steals in the second half alone.

The Bobcats will return to the court Saturday, Dec. 22 as they take on Big East opponent St. John's at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.  This will be the first meeting between these two programs. The Red Storm is currently 5-4 to start the season. 

Update: December 18th, 2012

1. Gonzaga (30) 9-3 774 1 West Coast
2. Delaware (1) 5-2 667 4 Colonial
3. Chattanooga 8-1 661 5 Southern
4. Middle Tennessee 6-4 660 3 Sun Belt
5. Green Bay 6-2 594 2 Horizon
6. Toledo 8-1 565 10 Mid-American
7. Princeton 6-4 549 7 Ivy
8. Marist 4-5 475 6 Metro Atlantic
9. Florida Gulf Coast 5-4 455 8 Atlantic Sun
10. Creighton 6-2 437 14 Missouri Valley
11. Hartford 8-2 411 13 America East
12. Missouri State 6-3 395 11 Missouri Valley
13. BYU 6-4 376 9 West Coast
14. Boston University 8-3 362 22 America East
15. Appalachian State 6-1 336 16 Southern
16. Hampton 7-3 322 12 MEAC
17. Quinnipiac 7-1 321 18 Northeast
18. Bowling Green 7-3 278 15 Mid-American
19. San Diego 7-3 239 17 West Coast
20. UALR 8-1 216 21 Sun Belt
21. South Dakota State 6-5 185 20 Summit
22. James Madison 3-6 157 19 Colonial
23. Harvard 7-3 128 23 Ivy
24. Central Michigan 4-4 105 NR Mid-American
25. Saint Mary's 7-3 67 NR West Coast

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Idaho State 65, Pacific 62, Liberty 51, Drexel 41, Albany 30, Sacred Heart 27, McNeese State 16, Akron 9, Montana State 7, Illinois State 6, Old Dominion 6, Youngstown State 6, Detroit 5, Nicholls State 3, Campbell 2, Lamar 2, Portland State 1, Western Kentucky 1.

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.

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