Women’s Basketball Selected Third in 2013-14 MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

EDISON, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been selected to finish third in the 2013-14 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 during the "2013-14 MAAC Basketball Coaches Preview Show." The Preview Show was aired across the nation on ESPN3.com.

Ahead of the Bobcats in the 2013-14 conference polls were Marist and Iona. Marist was the unanimous choice for first place garnering all eleven first place votes and 121 points overall. Marist has won the MAAC Women's Basketball Championship eight years in a row and nine out of the last ten. Following the Red Foxes in the poll was Iona who finished runner up in the MAAC last season. 

Trailing the Bobcats in the 2013-14 conference polls were Fairfield in fourth with 86 points, while Rider rounded out the top five with 69 points. Canisius was the coaches' sixth choice, followed by Siena in seventh, Niagara in eighth, Monmouth in ninth, while Manhattan and Saint Peter's rounded out the poll.

1. Marist (121)
2. Iona (106)
3. Quinnipiac (102)
4. Fairfield (86)
5. Rider (69)
6. Canisius (54)
7. Siena (51)
8. Niagara (47)
9. Monmouth (43)
10. Manhattan (34)
11. Saint Peter's (13)

The Bobcats are coming off their best season in program history in the 2012-13 season with a record of 30-3. Quinnipiac went on to win the NEC Tournament regular season title and tournament championship en route to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats embark on a new challenge as they enter their inaugural season in the MAAC.

The Bobcats return three major players from the 2012-2013 team including All-NEC Third Teamer Jasmine Martin, starting point guard Gillian Abshire, and 2012 NEC Tournament Most Valuable  Player forward Brittany McQuain.

Together Martin and Abshire combined for 6.3 assists per game on a team that shared the ball very well with 17.0 assists per game. Abshire, a 5-10 guard from Washington, D.C., averaged a  team-best five assists per game to go along with another team-best, a 2.41 assist-to-turnover ratio. Abshire's assist-to-turnover ratio was good for 10th best in the entire nation. She also shot 40 percent from the field for a Bobcats team that averaged 70.5 points per game. Martin, a 5-8 guard out of Sicklerville, N.J., scored 425 points last season and has 773 points in just two seasons - which leaves her 227 points away from 1,000 for her career.

Through her first three seasons McQuain, a 5-11 forward from Independence, Mo., has scored 982 career points putting her 18 points away from 1,000 for her career. Last season, she averaged 11.2 points per game to go along with 8.3 rebounds per game. McQuain also totaled the second most minutes last season playing 26.8 minutes per game.

The Bobcats open their season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they face North Carolina A&T in the opening round of the preseason WNIT. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. 

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