Women's Basketball Hosts Rider On Friday, Jan. 3rd At 4 PM; $1 Snow Day Ticket Special For Bobcat Campers

Rider University Broncs (5-6, 1-1 MAAC) at
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-6, 2-1 MAAC) 
Friday, January 3rd, 2014 – 4:00 P.M.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Rider: 1-0
QU Last Five: 3-2
Rider Last Five: 3-2

 QU Game Notes  Live Video
 Live Stats  WQUN 1220 AM Audio


$1 Snow Day Ticket Special!
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball team (7-6, 2-1 MAAC) will face off against the Rider Broncs (5-6, 1-1 MAAC) on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics and the TD Bank Sports Center, admission for the game is $1 for all children and Bobcat Summer Campers. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Lender Court at the Bank. 

On The Air
Quinnipiac's game against Rider will be streamed live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call, with Bob Tipson's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Rider
This will be the second ever meeting between Rider and Quinnipiac in school history. The first ever matchup came last season in the championship game of the Brown Bear Classic on December 2nd, 2012. Quinnipiac defeated Rider 72-57. Jasmine Martin had 21 points and Brittany McQuain had 20 points and eight rebounds in the victory. 

Scouting The Broncs
Rider is off to a (5-6, 1-1 MAAC) start. Rider went 15-15 last season. The Broncs had a 10-8 MAAC record which put them fourth in the conference. Rider fell to No. 5 seeded Niagara in their first game of the MAAC Tournament. The Broncs are led this year by MyNeshia McKenzie who leads the team in scoring. McKenzie's 20.4 points per game has her second in the MAAC. McKenzie is also second in the MAAC in rebounding with 11.2 rebounds per game. McKenzie is one of only two players in the MAAC averaging a double-double. 

Last Time Out
Maria Napolitano (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Adily Martucci (Waterford, Conn.) both scored career highs with 20 and 17 points respectively. Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, NJ) and Jasmine Martin (Sicklerville, NJ) each scored 13 points to give the Bobcats four players in double figures. Quinnipiac would go on to defeat the Niagara Purple Eagles, 84-61, in their final game of 2013. 

2013 Success
This game will mark Quinnipiac's first game of 2014 after a magical 2013. Quinnipiac went 28-7 overall in 2013. Quinnipiac has won their past two MAAC contests after defeating Canisius on December 21 and Niagara on December 29. 

MAAC Rookie of The Week
Sophomore guard Adily Martucci (Waterford, Conn.) of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been named the MAAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 by the league's front office. Martucci scored a career high 17 points on Sunday against Niagara as the Bobcats picked up their second win in MAAC play. 

Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 974 career points. With 26 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 second in the MAAC with 73.3 points per game trailing only Iona with 73.4 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (70.9%) and sixth in field goal percentage (.382).The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 16.7 per game and are tied for first in rebounding (40.8). The Bobcats are second in the conference in steals (8.6) and third in three point field goals made per game (7.9). 

Where Rider Stands In The MAAC
Rider is fourth in the MAAC in scoring with 62.7 points per game. They are second in the MAAC in points allowed per game allowing 65.2 points per game. The Broncs are first in the MAAC in three point percentage defense. (28.7%) 

Sophomores Star For Bobcats
In the last game of 2013 on December 29 sophomore guards Maria Napolitano and Adily Martucci both achieved career highs. Napolitano had 20 points and hit four three pointers while also adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the afternoon. Martucci had 17 points and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Martucci had 12 first half points as she scored double digit points for the first time in her career. 

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 358 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 30th. She currently has 7.2 assists per game after a year in which she was top five in the nation in assists to turnover ratio. Her 7.2 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. 

McQuain and Martin Transition to the MAAC
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 15.5 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 14th in the conference with 11.1 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game and third in steals with 2.1 steals per game. Martin is ninth in free throw percentage (76.4%). 

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. 

Abshire Sets School Single Game Assist Record
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.