University of Hartford Hawks (1-6, 0-0 America East)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – 7:06 PM
TD Bank Sports Center– Hamden, Conn.
|Quinnipiac Game Notes
Women's Basketball Hosts In State Rival Hartford
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (3-4, 0-0 MAAC) will host their final regular season non-conference home game on Wednesday, December 4th. The Bobcats are scheduled to take on the University of Hartford (1-6, 0-0 America East) at 7:06 p.m., a game that will be broadcasted live on the New England Sports Network (NESN). The Hawks were one of only three opponents to defeat the Bobcats in their magical 30-3 season last year.
Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team featured four players with 10 or more points on Sunday afternoon, but it was not enough as the defending Atlantic 10 Champions Saint Joseph's University defeated the Bobcats, 84-69, at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Quinnipiac's game against Hartford will be televised live throughout the region on NESN. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play with Billy Mecca alongside for color commentary. Jayme Parker will also join the broadcast with reports from the sideline.
MAAC Player of the Week
Senior forward Brittany McQuain of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been named the MAAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 by the league's front office. McQuain averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games for the Bobcats last week. This included a career performance in her Missouri homecoming against Missouri State on Tuesday, Nov. 26. For the third consecutive week, McQuain averaged double figures in points to lead the Quinnipiac women's basketball team. McQuain scored a career high 28 points and went 10-11 from the free throw line against Missouri State as the Bobcats went on to win 75-65. Against defending Atlantic-10 Champ, St. Joseph's, McQuain had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game. She currently has 7.6 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 7.6 assists per game has her first in the conference.
Where They Stack Up in the MAAC
Despite losing leading scorer Felicia Barron to graduation the Quinnipiac women's basketball team has found a way to surpass their scoring average last season (70.5). Quinnipiac is currently first in the MAAC with 76.3 points per game. The Bobcats are ahead of second place Iona by nearly 10 points per game with 66.8 points per game. Quinnipiac is third in the conference in free throw percentage(72.3%) and fourth in field goal percentage (.410). Quinnipiac is tied for first with Iona in rebounding margin. (+1.3). The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 17.3 per game and assist to turnover ratio (1.1).
Quinnipiac's second and third leading scorers from a year ago have brought their success over to the MAAC. Junior Jasmine Martin is currently sixth in the conference in scoring with 15.4 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 10th in the conference with 13.7 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. Martin is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage while McQuain is eighth in that category.
Bobcats Face Tough Opponents Out of The Gate
Quinnipiac women's basketball has the fourth toughest schedule in the country. Their first seven opponents had a combined record of 25-10 while the Bobcats have faced off against the nation's top two RPI teams in Louisville and St. John's.
Gillian 'Boo' Abshire set the Quinnipiac single game assists record against American on Nov. 23 with 14 assists. The record was previously held Kim Fitzpatrick who had 12 assists on February 28, 2004 at St. Francis NY.
Fabbri Collects Win No. 275
Head coach Tricia Fabbri collected her 275th career win on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 against American. Fabbri is the only Quinnipiac women's basketball coach with 275 wins to her name in program history.
With twelve rebounds against American Brittany McQuain passed Kim Misiasek '01 for fifth place in school history in rebounding (827). She currently has 858 career rebounds. Next up is Monique Lee '08 with 932 career rebounds.
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 1078 points. She is 129 points behind Queenie Edwards '95 for 17th place in school history with 1207 career points.
Hartford is off to a 1-6 start. The Hawks went all the way to the America East Championship last season before falling to No. 1 seeded Albany. Hartford also made an appearance in the WNIT last season. The Hawks return Amber Bepko for her junior season. Bepko started 22 games last season and was named America East All-Conference Second Team. Bepko leads the team with 9.3 points per game this season. Bepko had 11 points and four assists against Quinnipiac last season. Hartford also returns Alyssa Englert. Englert led Hartford in assists last season. Englert had seven points and five assits against the Bobcats last year.
Quinnipiac holds a 11-9 all-time record against in-state rival Hartford. Hartford won the last meeting in Hartford on December 16th, 2012, 67-61.
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. In her homecoming on Nov. 26 senior Brittany McQuain established a new career high of 28 which was the most a Bobcat scored since January 21, 2013.
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. Brianah Ramos made her Quinnipiac debut on Sunday,Dec. 1. She scored two points in her first game in a Bobcats uniform.
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.
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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.