Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Pays Tribute to Newtown Tragedy At Saturday's Game Against St. John's

St. John's University Red Storm (5-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-1, 0-0 NEC)

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. St. John's: First Meeting
St. John's Last Five: 2-3
Quinnipiac Last Five: 4-1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Pays Tribute to Newtown Tragedy
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will host BIG EAST foe St. John's on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Prior to the 1 p.m. tip-off, the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation will remember those lost in the recent events that took place in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The game will also feature free admission for all children with their parents as part of Quinnipiac's Summer Camp Day at the Bank. The first 200 children in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.


On The Air
Live stats, audio and video of Saturday's game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's basketball schedule page at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Bobcats fans can listen to the game live on AM-1220 WQUN with the Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer on play-by-play and Billy Mecca providing color commentary.  

Scouting the Red Storm
First-year head coach Joe Tartamella and the Red Storm have expunged a tremendous 4-1 start by losing three out of their last four games. Back in March of 2012, 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 second seeded Duke University Blue Devils. St. John's, who was nationally ranked No. 14 to begin the season, dropped to 5-4 with losses to Boston University, No. 4 Duke, and most recently No. 13 UCLA. Led by senior guard Shenneika Smith's 25 points, the Red Storm outscored UCLA, 28-23, in the second half to force overtime, but fell short in the extra frame to conclude the St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic. Red Storm rookie Aliyyah Handford, who had eight points against the Bruins and 10 against Tennessee Tech in Saturday's game, joined Smith on the All-Tournament Team. Smith leads the team with 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game with Nadirah McKenith bringing in about 15 points per outing.

All-Time Against St John's
Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

Last Time Out
Senior Felicia Baron scored a team-high 16 points and snatched a season-high eight steals on Sunday (12/16), but the Bobcats surrendered its first loss of the season to Hartford, 67-61, at the Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn. Sophomore Jasmine Martin finished with 15 points in the Bobcats' loss. Junior Brittany McQuain 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 off the bench, kept the game close after the first half, 34-30, in favor of the Hawks. 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.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 46th in the latest RPI poll, released on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.  The weekly rankings are a based on wins and losses compared to their strength of schedule.

Mid-Major Top 25
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. 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.

Top Ten
Quinnipiac is currently ranked ninth in the country with a turnover margin of plus-8.5 a game. The Bobcats have 124 turnovers compared to 192 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 10th in the nation in steals per game at 13.8 per game.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks third in the nation in steals per game (4.63). So far this year the guard has compiled 37 steals in eight games. Most recently, she collected a game-high of eight steals in the games against Hartford (12/16).  Last year the Springfield, Mass. native led the country with 133 steals.   

Dishing Out
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 32nd in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.13).  In the last eight games 'Boo' has 34 assists to only 16 turnovers. In the game against Yale (11/28), Abshire collected eight assists and only one turnover in her best performance of her sophomore campaign.

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 250-241.

Super Start
Quinnipiac's perfect 7-0 start was ended by the Hartford Hawks Sunday, Dec. 16. The Bobcats' 7-0 start was the best start in Division I program history and second best all-time – only trailing a 9-0 start during the 1986-87 campaign.

What's Ahead For Quinnipiac This Month
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