Niagara University Purple Eagles (2-7, 0-0 MAAC) at
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-6, 1-1 MAAC)
Sunday, December 29, 2013 – 1:00 P.M.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Niagara: 0-0
QU Last Five: 3-2
Niagara Last Five: 1-4
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Quinnipiac Set To Host Third MAAC Game Against Niagara
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (6-6, 1-1 MAAC) will face off against their third conference opponent Niagara (2-7, 0-0 MAAC) on Sunday, December 29th at 1:00 p.m. Niagara is playing in their first conference game of the season after going 9-9 in the MAAC last year. Quinnipiac is playing in their third ever MAAC game. Quinnipiac is 1-1 after defeating Canisius in their most recent contest.
Last Time Out
Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, NJ) led all scorers with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half, as Quinnipiac defeated Canisius, 65-55, in Buffalo. Martin went 7-15 from the field and 4-5 from beyond the arc. Gillian Abshire (Washington, DC) upped her MAAC-leading 6.8 assists per game average with nine assists on the afternoon. With the nine assists she passes Brianna Rooney '09 (344) and Erin Kerner '09 (342) on the all-time Quinnipiac assists list. Abshire sits in seventh place all alone with 349 career assists.
This will be the first meeting between Niagara and Quinnipiac in school history.
Scouting The Purple Eagles
Niagara is off to a 2-7 start. Niagara is 2-2 at home but they are still looking for their first road win of the season (0-5). Niagara went 15-16 last season and finished fifth in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles won their opening round game in the MAAC Tournament before falling to top seeded Marist. Niagara is led by Val McQuade who is 11th in the MAAC in scoring (11.1 ppg). McQuade played in 30 games last season starting in 18 of the final 19 games. McQuade is ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (.481). She is also fifth in the MAAC in three point field goal percentage (.429)
Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 961 career points. With 39 more points she would become the 20th player in Quinnipiac history with 1000 career points.
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 72.4 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (71.9%) and sixth in field goal percentage (.387).The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 16.7 per game .The Bobcats are second in the conference in steals (8.3) and three point field goals made per game (7.7).
Where Niagara Stands In The MAAC
Niagara is fifth in the MAAC in scoring with 61.7 points per game. They are seventh in field goal percentage (.379). They are fifth in the MAAC in three point field goal percentage (.335). The Purple Eagles are fourth in the MAAC in steals per game with 6.9 steals per game.
Abshire Climbing The Assist Charts
With nine assists on December 21, junior guard Gillian Abshire moved into seventh place in school history in career assists while passing Brianna Rooney '09 (344) and Erin Kerner '09 (342). On December 6th against Marist, Abshire passed Felicia Barron '13 (331). Abshire currently has 349 career assists. Kim Fitzpatrick '05 is sixth on the all-time list with 380 career assists.
Spreading The Wealth
On Sunday, December 15 Gillian Abshire, Jasmine Martin, Camryn Warner, Samantha Guastella, and Nikoline Ostergaard all scored in double figures. This was the second time this season that the Bobcats had at least five players in double figures. On November 16, Abshire, Martin, Guastella, Ostergaard, and Brittany McQuain all scored in double figures at UT Martin.
Abshire Ranks Nationally
Gillian Abshire ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game as of December 23rd. She currently has 7.0 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 7.0 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 fifth in the conference in scoring with 15.7 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 14th in the conference with 11.4 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game and third in steals with 2.0 steals per game. Martin is eighth in free throw percentage. (76.2%)
College Insider Mid-Major Poll
The Quinnipiac women's basketball team was ranked 22nd in the most recent College Insider Mid-Major Poll, announced on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by coaches on the committee. This is the fifth consecutive week that Quinnipiac was ranked in the top 25. The Bobcats are 6-6 overall but have faced six teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season.
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.
McQuain Passes Misiasek
With twelve rebounds against American Brittany McQuain passed Kim Misiasek '01 for fifth place in school history in rebounding (827). She currently has 898 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 1119 points. She is 88 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.
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.
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 – 2 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.
The 2014 MAAC Championships will be held Thursday, March 6 through Monday, March 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.