ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Are Quinnipiac and Yale in the NCAA pictures?

At the beginning of the season the Quinnipiac men's basketball team looked like the most logical choice to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament out of Yale and the Bobcats' men's and women's teams.

A lot has changed since then. With the injury to Justin Rutty the Quinnipiac men's team has fallen into sixth place in the NEC. Things don't look too promising with Robert Morris coming into town on Thursday night.

But the Quinnipiac women's team is 9-1 in the conference and the swept the weekly awards this week. Sophomore Felicia Barron was the top player while freshman Brittany McQuain was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week. Both led the Bobcats in their conference wins at Mount St. Mary's and Wagner last week.

Barron led the Bobcats with 23.5 points and 6.0 assists last week. In addition, she shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from three-point territory and finished 10-of-11 free-throws. The sophomore guard was Quinnipiac's leading scorer in both contests, posting a career-high 25 points in the 74-60 win at Mount St. Mary's and 22 points in the 77-62 victory against Wagner.

McQuain recorded her best performances this season in the Bobcats' most recent road wins. The freshman forward averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, and shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the floor last week.

With a 7-1 record in conference play, Quinnipiac has moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NEC standings. The Bobcats will host each of the first place teams at the TD Bank Sports Center in the week ahead. Quinnipiac will face Robert Morris on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 12:00 p.m. and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Both the Yale men's and women's teams swept Brown last week to take over first place in the early going in the Ivy League. Winning the league earns them an automatic berth into the NCAA.

Greg Mangano has won the league's player of the week award two straight weeks and might make three in a row this week. On the women's side, Meghan Vazquez claimed the weekly honors for the Lady Bulldogs.

And don't count out the Quinnipiac men's team either. All the Bobcats have to do is finish in the top eight in the conference to earn a spot in the NEC postseason and no one will want to see Quinnipiac in the tournament especially when it gets Rutty back.

This is going to be an interesting run.

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