Women’s Basketball Ranked 12th in College Insider Mid-Major Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was ranked 12th in the most recent College Insider Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by coaches on the committee. The Bobcats, 19-2 overall and 10-0 in the NEC, are off to their best start in program history.

On Saturday, Quinnipiac improved to 9-0 in NEC conference play after defeating Wagner College, 74-56, at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y. Senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a game-high 16 points and Quinnipiac converted 19 offensive rebounds into 19 second chance points helping the team to the victory. Barron collected her 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting which included four field goals from downtown. Ellen Cannon (Westchester, Pa.) also nabbed double-digits with 10 points and three rebounds, while Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) added nine points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Quinnipiac once again turned defense into offense, forcing 23 turnovers – resulting in 24 points on the other end. The Bobcats dominated the glass, 46-33, holding the Seahawks to just four second chance points on five offensive rebounds. Quinnipiac also dished out 23 assists, a season-best in conference play, with a team-best coming from Gillian Abshire (Washington D.C.).

On Monday, Quinnipiac completed a successful road weekend with a 78-55 victory over Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.  Sophomore point guard, Gillian Abshire marked a career high of 17 points to go along with four assists in the triumph. Joining Abshire in double-figures, Martin finished with 16 points and power forward McQuain collected her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. She also added four assists four steals in the victory. Ostergaard poured in 11 points, seven coming in the first half, while junior Camryn Warner (Keene, N.H.) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in the triumph. The last time Quinnipiac featured five players in double figures was against St. John's on Dec. 22, 2012.

The College Insider Mid-Major poll featured Delaware in the top slot, taking 28 first place votes. Green Bay claimed second, the Bulldogs of Gonzaga garnered third, while Princeton and Toledo rounded out the top five. Other noteworthy teams include Hartford ranked no. 25, who defeated the Bobcats on Dec. 16th, and James Madison (Honorable Mention), who the Bobcats defeated in their season-opener.

Up next, the Bobcats meet the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut on Saturday afternoon for the second time this season.  Tip-off is at 12 p.m. at the Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn. 

Update: February 5th, 2013

1. Delaware (28) 18-3 771 1 Colonial
2. Green Bay (2) 17-2 742 2 Horizon
3. Gonzaga (1) 18-5 655 3 West Coast
4. Princeton 12-5 614 5 Ivy
5. Toledo 19-2 610 6 Mid-American
6. Chattanooga 18-3 598 4 Southern
7. Creighton 18-3 590 7 Missouri Valley
8. Middle Tennessee 17-5 534 8 Sun Belt
9. Florida Gulf Coast 18-5 525 12 Atlantic Sun
10. Marist 15-6 515 10 Metro Atlantic
11. Boston University 18-4 431 11 America East
12. Quinnipiac 19-2 401 13 Northeast
13. South Dakota State 17-6 334 19 Summit
14. Pacific 18-3 314 17 Big West
15. Hampton 18-5 311 15 MEAC
16. Albany 18-3 306 14 America East
17. BYU 15-6 293 9 West Coast
18. Saint Mary's 14-6 212 NR West Coast
19. Central Michigan 13-8 201 NR Mid-Amercian
20. Bowling Green 14-7 198 16 Mid-American
21. Western Kentucky 16-5 118 18 Sun Belt
22. Drexel 14-6 113 23 Colonial
23. Wichita State 15-6 95 NR Missouri Valley
24. UALR 15-7 94 25 Sun Belt
25. Hartford 14-8 82 NR America East

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Appalachian State 70, San Diego 60, James Madison 55, Illinois State 41, Youngstown State 40, Harvard 31, Stetson 26, Cal State Northridge 23, Missouri State 17, Montana State 10, Liberty 9, Idaho State 8, Akron 4, Montana 3, Presbyterian 3.

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