Robert Morris Colonials (7-17, 6-7 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (21-2, 12-0 NEC)
Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Robert Morris: 15-10
RMU Last Five: 3-2
Quinnipiac Last Five: 5-0
Live Online Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Bobcats Host the Colonials
The Bobcats will look to continue their unbeaten streak in Northeast Conference play on Monday afternoon when they host the Colonials of Robert Morris University. The teams are set to tip-off at 2 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Colonials enter Monday's game with an overall mark of 7-16 and a 6-7 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats are 21-2 thus far overall and 12-0 in the NEC, as they look to improve upon their best start in Quinnipiac program history.
On The Air
Monday's game will be streamed live 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 along with Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting Robert Morris
The Colonials enter Monday's game with an overall record of 7-17 and 6-7 in NEC competition. Junior forward Artemis Spanou leads RMU in scoring, averaging 19.0 points per outing to go along with 15.0 rebounds per game. Spanou became the third player at RMU and 17th in NEC history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in a career. Spanou also has had 21 double-doubles on the season for Robert Morris, including 19 consecutive double-double performances. Right behind Spanou in scoring is Lou Mataly who averages 10.1 points per outing and 2.6 rebounds a game. In their most recent outing, the Colonials fell to the Pioneers of Sacred Heart, 59-52. Junior forward Artemis Spanou all scorers with 20 points and added 13 rebounds. Spanou went 6-of-16 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Senior forward Anna Gailite tacked on 10 points and eight rebounds as well as dishing out three assists. RMU held a 41-25 advantage on the boards and a 14-2 edge in second-chance points, but committed 29 turnovers that Sacred Heart was able to convert into 25 points.
All-Time Against The Colonials
Monday will mark the 26th meeting between Quinnipiac and Robert Morris, with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 15-10. The Bobcats are 3-2 in the last five meetings between the two programs. The two teams met earlier this season in Moon Township, Pa. on Jan. 19 where the Bobcats defeated the Colonials, 61-52. Senior Felicia Barron collected 14 points to go 6–of–10 from the field and snatched seven steals. Junior Brittany McQuain mirrored Barron's effort with 14 points and seven rebounds.Sophomore guard Jasmine Martin tallied double-digits with 11 points.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, the Quinnipiac women's basketball team defeated Saint Francis University, 61-50 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the win Quinnipiac clinched a playoff berth for the Northeast Conference Tournament for their 14th time in program history. Senior Felicia Barron led all scorers with 18 points and Jasmine Martin added 17. Barron had a stellar all-around game for Quinnipiac, adding seven rebounds, four assists and six steals to her 18-point effort. In addition her double-digit performance, Martin finished with six rebounds as the two combined for 24 points in the second half. Brittany McQuain collected her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds, Gillian Abshire had five points, four assists and seven rebounds and Nikoline Ostergaard hauled in eight rebounds to go along with four points.
With their win against CCSU (2/13), the Bobcats claimed 20 wins in a season for the seventh time in program history. It's the second consecutive 20-win season, fourth time under the direction of head coach Tricia Fabbri and fourth time in the Division I era.
The Bobcats are ranked 55th in the latest RPI poll, released on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The 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 11th in the latest College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, February 13, 2013.
Among The Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is currently ranked second in the country with a turnover margin of plus- 8.45 a game, just behind Kentucky. The Bobcats have 328 turnovers compared to 518 from their opponents. The Bobcats also rank 17th in the nation in steals per game at 12.3 per game and 14th in assists per game at 16.9. The team cracks the top ten being ninth in the country for a win and loss percentage of 90.9.
Stealing the Show
Senior Felicia Barron currently ranks 12th in the nation in steals per game (3.36). So far this year the guard has compiled 74 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.
Sophomore point guard Gillian Abshire currently ranks 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.52). For the season, 'Boo' has 111 assists to only 44 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.
Double Digits Defeats
Along with the Bobcats best start in program history, the team has defeated their opponent by double figures 14 times this season– accounting for a plus-12.6 scoring margin, which is good enough for 33rd in the nation. Of those 14 games, Quinnipiac has defeated six opponents by a winning margin of at least 20 points. Double-digit winning margins include Rhode Island (16 points), Yale (27 points), Rider (15 points), Holy Cross (12 points), Northeastern (11 points), St. Francis Brooklyn (21 points), Sacred Heart (29 points), Bryant (23 points), Saint Francis University. (16 points), Fairleigh Dickinson (27 points), Wagner (18 points), Mount St. Mary's (23 points), Central Conn. (10 points) and Saint Francis University (11 points).
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