November 19, 2013

Quinnipiac Travels To Take On St. John's On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 PM; Live Broadcast Available on ESPN3.com

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)
St. John's University Red Storm (3-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 – 7 PM
Carnesecca Arena– Queens, N.Y.

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Women's Basketball Travels To Queens To Take On St John's
After wrapping up their first appearance in the prestigious Preseason WNIT, the Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team will travel to Big East Power St. John's for a matchup on Wednesday night at 7 PM. These two teams met just last season on Dec. 22,2012. The Bobcats were able to pull off the upset 75-72 in Hamden,Conn.

Last Time Out
Brittany McQuain became the 19th player in school history to join the 1000 point club, but the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to three-time defending Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Champion UT Martin, 102-97 in overtime in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT. Jasmine Martin was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac with 25 points, while Jasmine Newsome had 44 points for UT Martin. Gillian Abshire  scored 20 points for the second straight game to go along with nine assists and Sam Guastella had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Camryn Warner  also chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for Quinnipiac.

Bobcats on ESPN 3
The game between Quinnipiac and St. John's will be featured nationally on ESPN3.com. John Yardley will be the play by play announcer and Scott Greene will be the color analyst.

Milestone Watch
Head coach Trish Fabbri sits at 274 career wins. Already with the most wins in the history of the women's program she sits one win away from 275 for her career.

McQuain Etches Her Name In The Record Books
With 11 points against UT Martin on November 16,2013 Brittany McQuain became the 19th player in school history to join the 1000 point club. McQuain also passed Dorise Blackmon '87 for 18th all-time in career points (1005). McQuain currently sits at 1006 points. She is 201 points behind Queenie Edwards '95 for 17th place in school history with 1207 career points.

McQuain also has 818 career rebounds. She is 9 rebounds behind Kim Misiaszek '01 for 5th place in school history with 827 career rebounds.

Scouting The Red Storm
St John's has been a very successful team in the Big East appearing in the NCAA Tournament each season for the last four seasons. The Red Storm went 18-13 last season and fell to the Dayton Flyers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

St. John's returns eight players from last season's team including three starters.  They return Briana Brown who made 27 starts last season averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last year. Brown scored 10 points against Quinnipiac last season.

The Red Storm also return Aliyyah Handford after an impressive freshman campaign. Handford started 25 games scoring 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds last season. She was named to the Big East All Freshman Team and was named All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Rookie of the Year. Handford scored 12 points and had 4 rebounds against Quinnipiac last season

Series History Vs. St. John's
Quinnipiac and St John's faced off for the first time last season on Dec. 22, 2012. The Bobcats defeated the Red Storm 75-72 in Hamden, Conn after Quinnipiac outscored St. John's 38-33 in the second half. This will be their first matchup in Queens.

Bobcats Set Career Highs
On Monday, Nov. 11 juniors Boo Abshire and Nikoline Ostergaard  set career highs against No. 5 Louisville. Abshire scored 20 points while Ostergaard scored 14 points.

On Saturday, Nov. 16 junior Jasmine Martin set a career high of her own with 25 points against UT Martin.

Quinnipiac Shuts Down Schimmel
On Monday, Nov. 11 Quinnipiac faced off against No. 5 Louisville. Louisville is led by Wooden Preseason Watch Guard Shoni Schimmel. The Wooden Preseason Watch list comprises the 30 best players across the NCAA who the Associated Press believes has a chance to win college basketball's player of the year award.  

Against Quinnipiac Schimmel went 1-13 from the field and was 0-8 in the second half.

Bobcats Make Debuts
Adily Martucci, Jaci Oskam, and Morgan Manz made their debuts in a Bobcats uniform on Friday, Nov. 8. Martucci hit a three pointer in eight minutes of play, Oskam had an assist in six minutes of play, and Manz had nine points, two assists, and a rebound in 13 minutes of play.

The Schedule
If the Quinnipiac women's basketball team is going to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 it will have a solid building base to start from with a challenging schedule. Fabbri has announced a 30-game slate that features eight opponents who are coming off of an NCAA Tournament, WNIT or WBI bid last year – with the potential of seeing 10 teams that advanced to postseason play.

Quinnipiac's 2013-14 season presents a daunting mission early on, as the Bobcats will be one of 16 teams in the 2013 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) - 10 of which are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance. The field consists of Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, Louisville, Loyola Chicago, LSU, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina A&T, Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph's, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, and Wichita State.

After the WNIT Tournament, Quinnipiac will play seven more non-conference games, beginning with BIG EAST foe St. John's on Wednesday, Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at Carnesecca Arena in New York, N.Y. The Bobcats follow with home games against American (Nov. 23 – 7 p.m.), St. Joseph's (Dec. 1 – 1 p.m.) and Hartford (Dec. 4 – 7 p.m.) and road games against Missouri State (Nov. 26 – 1 p.m.), Albany (Dec. 15 – 7 p.m.) and Holy Cross (Dec. 18 -7 p.m.).

With the addition of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac to the MAAC, each team will play 20 league games over a 10-week period. MAAC teams will face each other twice during the season, once on their home court and once on the road.

MAAC Championships
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

Last Season
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team made the 2012-13 season a special one. The Bobcats produced the best campaign in program history.

It was a dream season for the Bobcats, who made their way unscathed through the Northeast Conference Tournament en route to an NEC Championship. Fabbri led the Bobcats to their first 30-win season in program history, also a Northeast Conference first as well, which included a perfect 18-0 through the regular season. Quinnipiac garnered the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and swept through the field en route to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Beginning
Quinnipiac began the 2012-13 season with a 7-0 record which was the best start in Division I program history and second best all-time. It only trailed a 9-0 start during the 1986-87 campaign. The stretch included an impressive road win at James Madison in the season-opener, and two wins at the Brown Bear Classic that resulted in Quinnipiac's second, in-season tournament title in as many seasons.

Fabbri Collects 250
Head coach Tricia Fabbri marked her 250th career win on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2012 against Holy Cross. Fabbri is the only Quinnipiac women's basketball coach with 250 wins to her name in program history. The Bobcats defeated the Crusaders, 61-49, in a game that was televised throughout the region on NESN.

Perfection
The Bobcats went a perfect 16-0 in the months of January and February for the first time in program history. Quinnipiac shared this distinction with only seven other teams in the NCAA Division I.

NEC Regular Season Champions
With their win over defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart on Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Bobcats were named the NEC Regular Season Champions for the 2012-13 season. This marked the second time in program history that Quinnipiac captured the title and was only the fourth team in NEC history to complete an 18-0 season. Quinnipiac claimed home-court advantage throughout the NEC Tournament.

Accolades Galore
Highlighted by head coach Tricia Fabbri and senior guard Felicia Barron, four members of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team earned Northeast All-Conference accolades for the 2012-13 season. Fabbri secured her third Brenda Reilly NEC Coach of the Year honor, while Barron retained her NEC Defensive Player of the Year crown and was tabbed to the NEC First Team. Brittany McQuain was named to the All-NEC Second Team and Jasmine Martin earned a trip to the third team.

The NEC Championship
Quinnipiac defeated Saint Francis University, 72-33, in the Northeast Conference Championship on Sunday, March 17, 2013. QU earned the program's first Northeast Conference title and became just the fifth team in the 27-year history of NEC women's basketball to complete an undefeated season against conference foes. The Bobcats were also the fourth team in conference history to earn a No. 13 in the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac defeated Bryant in the NEC Quarterfinals and Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Semifinals.

NEC All-Tournament Team
Brittany McQuain finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in the championship game en route to an All-Tournament MVP selection. Felicia Barron and Jasmine Martin joined McQuain on the All-Tournament team after chipping in with nine points and eight points, respectively. Barron added five rebounds and four steals.

The NCAA Tournament
The No. 13 seeded Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell short in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament to the No. 4 seed Maryland, 72-52, on Gary Williams Court at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. With the loss, the Bobcats concluded their historic season with a 30-3 record.

Another National Postseason Appearance
Quinnipiac's first trip to the NCAA Tournament marked its third national postseason appearance in its last six seasons. The Bobcats earned its first appearance with a trip to Iona in the 2008 WNIT Tournament and then made a second WNIT Tournament appearance in 2011-12. Quinnipiac is still in search for its first national postseason victory.

A 30 Win Season
With their win in the NEC Championship, the Bobcats eclipsed the 30-win plateau for the 2012-13 season. Quinnipiac joined eight other Division I programs across the nation to accomplish the feat.

The Streak
Quinnipiac set a new program record with 22 straight wins from December 30, 2012 to March 17, 2013.

It was tied for the fifth longest winning streak in the nation throughout the season.

Among the Nation's Best
Quinnipiac is among the national leaders in several statistical categories. The Bobcats finished first in turnover margin (+8.5); fifth in win/loss percentage (90.9); seventh in assists (17.0) and; 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2); 23rd in three-point field goal percentage (35.0); 26th in scoring margin (+13.2) and scoring offense (70.5); 19th in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.8); and 29th in three-point field goals per game (7.0).

20-20 Vision
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.

New England's Finest
The Bobcats (30-3) served as the top women's basketball team in New England with only three losses on the season. The nationally-ranked No. 3 UConn Huskies are 29-4, sitting right behind the Bobcats among New England teams.

Dishing Out
Gillian Abshire ranked 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.41). For the season, 'Boo' had 164 assists to only 68 turnovers. In the game against Bryant (1/14), Abshire collected a career high of 10 assists and only one turnover in one of her best performances of her sophomore campaign. Boo dished out five or more assists in 19 of Quinnipiac's 33 games.