Women’s Basketball Open’s Conference Play Against LIU Brooklyn, Saturday, Jan. 5, at the TD Bank Sports Center at Noon

LIU Brooklyn Black Birds (3-8, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-2, 0-0 NEC)

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. LIU: 12-14 LIU
LIU Brooklyn's Last Five: 1-4
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com


Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Enter NEC Conference Play
The Bobcats embark on the next chapter of their season as they begin NEC Conference play. Quinnipiac finished their non-conference schedule on Sunday, Dec. 30th where they wrapped up a 9-2 record with a win over Northeastern. Sitting atop the Northeast Conference standings, the Bobcats will host the Blackbirds (3-8) of LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the TD Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.  Tip-off is set for noon.



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 Bob Mortali on play-by-play Bob Tipson providing color commentary.

Scouting LIU Brooklyn
The Blackbirds enter Saturday with an overall record of 3-8. LIU currently sits in eighth place in the league standings. Most recently, the Blackbirds dropped three straight games in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational which included losses to Hawaii, Alabama and Cincinnati. Senior Krystal Wells leads the Blackbirds in scoring for LIU. The guard averages 9.3 points per game and has 13 steals so far this season. Under the hoop for the Blackbirds features 6-foot forward Cleandra Roberts who averages 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing. In their last outing freshman Sophie Bhasin led LIU with 16 points off the bench. The guard went 5-of-11 from the field and had three rebounds for the Blackbirds. Tamika Guz also added eight points and seven rebounds against the Bearcats. The Blackbirds bench contributed significantly with 29 of the 48 points.

All-Time Against The Blackbirds
Saturday afternoon marks the 27th meeting between Quinnipiac and LIU with the Blackbirds leading the all-time series, 14-12. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Blackbirds, 54-51, in overtime, on Feb. 18, 2012 in Brooklyn. Quinnipiac is 6-6 in Brooklyn, 6-6 at home and 0-2 at neutral locations.

Last Time Out
In the consolation game of the Fun & Sun Classic in Miami, Fla., the Bobcats defeated Northeastern 83-72 on Sunday, Dec. 30.  Quinnipiac once again featured three players in double figures led by senior Felicia Barron who posted 18 points and three steals. Sophomore Samantha Guastella added 16 points, with 12 points of them coming from behind the arc. Guastella added 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and was picked to the All–Tournament team for the classic.  Jasmine Martin also chipped in with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the game.

Athlete of the Month
Senior Felicia Barron was named the Women's Athlete of the Month for the month of December, announced on Thursday, Jan. 3, by the Quinnipiac Athletics Department. Barron averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game – a stretch that included double-figure scoring in each game. The highlight of her month came against Hartford where she nearly nabbed a double-double with 16 points and eight steals. She backed that performance up with a month-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting in a big win over BIG EAST foe St. John's on Dec. 22. 

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 49th in the latest RPI poll, released on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. 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 18th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. The 9-2 record is their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 18th in the country with a turnover margin of plus-6.9 a game. The Bobcats have 176 turnovers compared to 252 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 29th in the nation in steals per game at 12.4 per game.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game (4.1). So far this year the guard has compiled 45 steals this season. Most recently, she collected a game-high of eight steals in the games against Hartford (12/16).  Last year the Springfield, Mass. native ended the season leading the country with 133 steals.  

Dishing Out
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 73rd in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).  For the season, 'Boo' has 50 assists to only 25 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. 

What's Ahead For Quinnipiac In January
The Bobcats will welcome St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday (Jan. 7) and 2012 Champion Sacred Heart (Jan. 12). Tip-off with the Terriers is set for 7 p.m. whereas the Pioneers and Bobcats will take the court for a 1 p.m. showdown.

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