Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-6, 3-1 MAAC) at
Fairfield University Stags (7-5, 2-1 MAAC)
Sunday, January 5th, 2014 – 2:00 P.M.
Alumni Hall – Fairfield, Conn.
Series vs. Fairfield: 2-4
QU Last Five: 4-1
Fairfield Last Five: 3-2
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Quinnipiac Travels To In-State Rival Fairfield
The Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Team (8-6, 3-1 MAAC) will travel to their in-state rival the Fairfield Stags (7-5, 2-1 MAAC) on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The Bobcats have won three consecutive games in MAAC play. The Stags fell to Monmouth in overtime in their last matchup on Friday.
Last Time Out
Senior forward Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) paced the Bobcats offense on Friday evening as the Quinnipiac women's basketball team picked up its third conference win of the season with a 71-59 win over Rider at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac, now winners in four of its last five games, improved to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the MAAC.
Did you know that Head Coach Tricia Fabbri played her college basketball career at Fairfield. Fabbri helped lead the Stags to a MAAC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Fabbri was named First Team All-MAAC on three different occasions and was named to the All-MAAC Tournament team three times. Fabbri scored 1,622 points and totaled 1,037 rebounds. Fabbri was named to the MAAC 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
After her four year playing career she served as an assistant coach for the Stags. Fabbri's last recruiting class won the MAAC title in 1998 which gives her a hand in all three of Fairfield's conference titles in school history.
All-Time Against Fairfield
Quinnipiac and Fairfield have faced off six times in their history. The Stags hold a 4-2 record over the Bobcats. Quinnipiac snapped a four game Fairfield winning streak on Nov. 20, 2011 with a 64-55 win at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats won the first ever matchup on Feb. 1, 1979.
Scouting The Stags
Fairfield is off to a (7-5, 2-1 MAAC) start. Fairfield is 4-2 in their last six games. The Stags have defeated Rider and Niagara, but fell to Monmouth in overtime in their three MAAC games. Fairfield went 18-14 last season. The Stags had an 11-7 MAAC record which put them third in the conference. Fairfield fell to No. 6 seeded Siena in their first game of the MAAC Tournament. The Stags have three players averaging double figures in Katie Cizynski (14.2 ppg), Alexys Vasquez (12.4 ppg), and Brittany Obi-Tabot (10.3 ppg). Cizynski is currently the defending MAAC player of the week after picking up her second double-double of the season against Rider on December 29th. Cizynski has scored in double figures in 10 of Fairfield's 12 games this season. The Stags are 13-6 their last two seasons at home.
Martin Approaches A Milestone
Junior guard Jasmine Martin currently sits at 978 career points. With 22 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 73.1 points per game. Quinnipiac is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (70.1%) and seventh in field goal percentage (.385).The Bobcats are also first in the MAAC in assists with 16.8 per game and are tied for first in rebounding (40.1). The Bobcats are third in the conference in steals (8.4) and third in three point field goals made per game (7.6).
Where Fairfield Stands In The MAAC
Fairfield is sixth in the MAAC in scoring with 63.3 points per game. They are second in the MAAC in points allowed per game allowing 65.1 points per game. The Stags are third in the MAAC in field goal percentage. (42.6%)
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.
McQuain Shines For Bobcats
Senior Brittany McQuain scored 22 points and pulled down a career high 18 rebounds on Friday, Jan. 3rd against Rider. It was the third double-double of the season for McQuain.
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 367 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 January 3rd. She currently has 7.2 assists per game after a year in which she was top ten 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.
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 14.6 points per game while senior Brittany McQuain is 12th in the conference with 11.9 points per game. McQuain is third in the MAAC in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game and third in steals with 2.0 steals per game. Martin is 11th in free throw percentage. (75.3%)
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 925 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 1148 points. She is 59 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.