Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-5, 0-1 MAAC) at
University of Albany Great Danes (8-0, 0-0 America East)
Sunday, December 15, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
SEFCU Arena – Albany, NY
Series vs. Albany: 0-1
Last Meeting: December 30, 1996 • L, 69-67
QU Last Five: 3-2
Albany Last Five: 5-0
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Quinnipiac Travels To Undefeated Albany
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (4-5, 0-1 MAAC) will face off against Albany (8-0, 0-0 America East) on Sunday, December 15th. Both the Bobcats and the Great Danes made the NCAA Tournament last season after Quinnipiac captured the Northeast Conference Title and Albany captured the America East Title. Quinnipiac finished seventh in the CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Poll after a 30-3 season while Albany finished ninth after a 27-4 season.
Last Time Out
Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored a game-high 22 points in Friday night's ESPN3 clash with Marist, but in the end it was the Red Foxes who prevailed with a 69-63 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in league play in a game that marked Quinnipiac's first MAAC game in program history. Eight-time reigning MAAC champion Marist improved to 4-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference action.
Quinnipiac is 0-1 all-time against Albany. The Bobcats fell to the Great Danes in Albany 69-67 on December 30,1996.
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 73.2 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (72.6%) and sixth in field goal percentage (.393). Quinnipiac is third in rebounding margin. (+0.4). The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 17.3 per game . The Bobcats are second in the conference in steals with 7.7 steals per game and second in blocked shots (3.8).
Scouting The Great Danes
Albany is off to a perfect 8-0 start. The word dominant is an understatement when describing Albany this season. They have defeated seven of their eight opponents by double digits and their closest game was decided by nine points. Albany has the nation's 12th leading scorer in Shereesa Richards. Richardson is scoring 23.5 points per game and has been selected as the America East Player of the Week on four different occasions this season. Albany has two other players averaging double figures in Sarah Royals (13.5) and Megan Craig (10.6).
Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 909 career points. With 91 more points she would become the 20th player in Quinnipiac history with 1000 career points.
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks seventh in the nation in assists per game as of December 10th. She currently has 7.4 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 7.4 assists per game has her first in the conference.
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.
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 15.1 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 13th in the conference with 12.2 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. McQuain is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (80%) while Martin is seventh in that category (77%).
College Insider Mid-Major Poll
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team has continued to impress the voters at the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Quinnipiac was ranked 24th in the most recent poll, announced on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by coaches on the committee. Quinnipiac is no stranger to this honor as they appeared in the poll on 17 different occasions last season. Albany was also ranked in this poll coming in at No. 4.
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 876 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 1092 points. She is 115 points behind Queenie Edwards '95 for 17th place in school history with 1207 career points.
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.
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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.