January 27, 2013

Women’s Basketball Hosts Intra-State Foe Central Connecticut On Monday Night

Central Connecticut  (11-7, 5-2 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-2, 7-0 NEC)

Date: Monday, January 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Central Conn.: 27-13 
CCSU Last Five:  5-0
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Quinnipiac Hosts Intra-State Foe Central Connecticut
Sitting atop the Northeast Conference standings, the Bobcats continue their 2012-13 season on Monday night when they host the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University. The teams will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Blue Devils enter Monday's game with an overall mark of 11-7 and a 5-2 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats are 16-2 thus far, looking to improve upon their best start in Quinnipiac program history.

On The Air
Monday's game will be streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. In addition, fans can tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where the Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting Central Connecticut
The Blue Devils enter Monday's match with an overall record of 11-7 and 5-2 in NEC competition. Most recently, Central Connecticut defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 55-29, at home on Saturday in New Britain, Conn. The Blue Devils are currently riding a five-game winning-streak in the Northeast conference after defeating Bryant, Sacred Heart, Wagner, Mount St. Mary's and recently the Terriers.  Against St. Francis, the Blue Devils were led by junior Jessica Babe's 13 points and nine rebounds. Jaclyn Babe scored seven of her 11 points during her team's opening run, while Kirsten Daamen, added five points and four blocks. CCSU scored 10-straight points to build a 48-22 advantage.  From that point, St. Francis would only be able to close the gap to 23 points before falling to CCSU by 26. In addition to tying the program's record for fewest points allowed, CCSU also held St. Francis to 10 points in the first half.  That is the lowest total for a half since the Blue Devils held Lamar to seven first half points on Nov. 30, 2002. Senior Jaclyn Babe leads Central in scoring with 16.5 points per game.

All-Time Against The Blue Devils
Quinnipiac currently leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut, 27-13, which includes a 21-7 advantage in the Division I series. In their last meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Blue Devils, 58-49, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.  Quinnipiac is 3-2 in their last five meetings against Central and 4-1 all time at the Bank.

Last Time Out
On Saturday's match against the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac earned another victory with a 66-39 victory to match their best start in program history since the 2007-08 season.  Camyrn Warner paced the Bobcats offense with a career-high 15 points, going 6-of-12 from the floor, grabbed 11 rebounds and had three blocks for her third career double-double. Jasmine Martin and Felicia Barron joined Warner in double-figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively, as Martin extended her streak with 10 points or more to 13 straight games. Barron added two steals and dished out a team-high five assists, while Brittany McQuain and Nikoline Ostergaard each finished with seven points and six rebounds.  Quinnipiac held FDU to just 13 points in the second half as the Knights converted on 16.7 percent of their field goal attempts. The Bobcats forced 25 FDU turnovers in the game and mustered a 29-4 advantage in points-off-turnovers. The Knights were only able to shoot 25.4 percent from the floor due to Quinnipiac's high-pressure defense. The last time Quinnipiac held their opponent to under 30 percent shooting was against St. Francis Brooklyn on Feb. 20, 2012, where the Terriers went 17- of- 60 shooting 28.3 percent.

RPI Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 65th in the latest RPI poll, released on Saturday, January 26, 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 10th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Their latest ranking is their best since joining NCAA Division I and their 15-2 record is their best start since the 2007-08 campaign.

Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked fourth in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.0 a game. The Bobcats have 275 turnovers compared to 427 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 14th in the nation in steals per game at 12.5 per game and assists per game at 17.1.  The team ranks 12th in the country for a win and loss percentage of 88.2.

Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks fourth in the nation in steals per game (3.88). So far this year the guard has compiled 68 steals this season. 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 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.49).  For the season, 'Boo' has 95 assists to only 39 turnovers. In the game against Bryant (1/14), Abshire collected a career high of 10 assists and only one turnover in her best performance of her sophomore campaign.  Boo this year went seven straight games with at least five assists and has had 25 assists to only five turnovers in the last three games against Bryant, Robert Morris, and Saint Francis Pa.

All That Jazz
Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin has reached double-figures in 13 consecutive games dating back to the game against Rider on December 2. Martin's run is the longest active streak on the line-up and the longest one by a player for the 2012-13 season.  Against the Red Flash, Martin matched her career high of 21 points – making it 15 out of her last 16 games with double-figures in the scoring column.

McQuain Named NEC Player of the Week
Junior Brittany McQuain was recognized by Northeast Conference as Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 14, 2013. McQuain averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest over a two-game swing that featured a home fate against defending NEC champion Sacred Heart and a road game at Bryant.  The power forward shot 54 percent from the field during the stretch and was charged with only two personal fouls all weekend. 

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