Women’s Basketball Jumps to 15th in College Insider Mid-Major Poll

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team jumped up three spots and was recently ranked 15th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 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 15 first place votes and the No. 1 slot. Delaware claimed second, Toledo garnered third, while Chattanooga and Green Bay rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford (No. 11), who defeated the Bobcats on Dec. 16th, and James Madison (No. 23), who the Bobcats beat in their season-opener.

Most recently, the Bobcats improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in conference competition with two NEC wins this past weekend. Off and running to their best start since the 2007-08 campaign, Quinnipiac defeated LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn in its first two conference games.

On Saturday afternoon against the Blackbirds, Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) put together a tremendous afternoon for the Bobcats, picking up a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) chipped in 15 points, all coming in the second half. Martin went 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from long range. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) added eight points, four assists and two steals and Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

On Monday night against the Terriers, Quinnipiac added another win with a 73-52 victory behind a terrific offensive performance.  Martin finished with a game-high 18 points on Monday after catching fire midway through the contest en route to a 6-of-11 night from the floor, which also featured 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Barron and Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, N.J.) joined Martin in double-figures with 13 and 11, respectively, with Barron adding four assists and three steals and Guastella chipping in with eight rebounds. Warner and McQuain aided the front court, combining for 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Bobcats will host intrastate rival Sacred Heart on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. The Pioneers are off to an 8- 5 start on the season and currently rank seventh in Northeast Conference play.

Update: January 8th, 2013

1. Gonzaga (15) 12-4 732 1 West Coast
2. Delaware (5) 9-3 704 3 Colonial
3. Toledo (4) 12-1 693 5 Mid-American
4. Chattanooga (6) 10-3 691 2 Southern
5. Green Bay (1) 10-2 689 4 Horizon
6. Creighton 10-3 600 6 Missouri Valley
7. Boston University 12-3 531 10 America East
8. Princeton 8-5 492 8 Ivy League
9. Middle Tennessee 9-5 489 7 Sun Belt
10. Florida Gulf Coast 11-5 442 12 Atlantic Sun
11. Hartford 9-6 399 9 America East
12. Bowling Green 9-4 395 23 Mid-American
13. Marist 7-6 344 11 Metro Atlantic
14. BYU 10-4 343 13 West Coast
15. Quinnipiac 11-2 276 18 Northeast
16. UALR 11-3 275 15 Sun Belt
17. South Dakota State 11-5 265 20 Summit
18. Hampton 11-5 258 17 MEAC
19. Missouri State 8-5 237 14 Missouri Valley
20. Appalachian State 8-3 218 16 Southern
21. Pacific 11-2 194 24 Big West
22. Western Kentucky 12-3 162 NR Sun Belt
23. James Madison 7-6 132 21 Colonial
24. San Diego 9-5 123 19 West Coast
25. Harvard 9-5 118 22 Ivy League

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Central Michigan 80, Liberty 38, Old Dominion 22, Saint Mary's 21, Detroit 20, Albany 16, Illinois State 13, UT Martin 13, Campbell 11, Idaho State 9, Drexel 8, Akron 5, Cleveland State 5, Eastern Illinois 4, Florida International 4, Montana State 2, Stetson 1, Youngstown State 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.