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Quinnipiac women’s basketball’s season almanac leading up to the NCAA Tournament

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One week removed from its third conference tournament championship in the past five years, the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team is set to play the reigning Big East Conference champion Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday March 18 in Coral Gables, FL in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 1:35 p.m. ET.

To learn more about the Golden Eagles, click here for their season recap and tournament preview.

With exciting times ahead for the Quinnipiac program and community, below are the basics of the 2016-17 Bobcats.

Overall: 27-6, 20-3 MAAC

  • 10-game winning streak
  • 10-4 record on the road
  • 5-1 record on neutral court
  • RPI of 32

Best out-of-conference wins:

University of Dayton (Atlantic 10 champion, 22-9)

  • 63-60 on Nov. 13 at Dayton
  • Down 17 points late in the third quarter, Quinnipiac held host Dayton to just 14 points in the last 14:30 of the game. Senior captain Morgan Manz scored a season-high 19 points.

Florida Gulf Coast University (Atlantic Sun Champion, 26-8)

  • 65-56 on Nov. 11 at Quinnipiac
  • In the season opener, Quinnipiac’s defense was humming. The Bobcats held the Eagles to just 12 percent from deep (three-for-25).

Long Beach State University (Big West champion, 23-10)

  • 63-60 on Dec. 21 in Las Vegas
  • A dominant third quarter, in which the Bobcats outscored the Beach 21-10, helped the them pull away. Junior guard Carly Fabbri drilled a season-high four 3-pointers.

New Mexico State University (Western Athletic Conference champion, 24-6)

  • 49-46 on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas
  • In its best defensive performance of the year, Quinnipiac forced 28 NMSU turnovers. Paula Strautmane led the Bobcats with 14 points.

2017 MAAC Tournament recap:

Quarterfinals: Win vs. No. 9 seed Canisius 63-58

Semifinals: Win vs. No. 5 seed Iona 64-59

Championship: Win vs. No. 2 seed Rider 81-73

Team Stats:

Points per game: 68.2  Field goal percentage: .385

3-Point field goal percentage: .300  Free throw percentage: .727

Assists per game: 16 Turnovers per game: 14.7

Rebounds per game: 39.5 Steals per game: 11.2

Individual Stat Leaders:

PPG: Adily Martucci (10.6, 40% FG) Jen Fay (10.2, 47% FG)

RPG: Aryn McClure (6), Paula Strautmane (5.5)

APG: Aryn McClure (2.7), Carly Fabbri (2.6)

Quinnipiac’s weekend itinerary:

Thursday 3/16

10:00 a.m. ET: Team flight down to Coral Gables, FL.

Friday 3/17

12:30 p.m. ET: NCAA press conference

1:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. ET: Closed practice

Saturday 3/18

1:35 p.m. ET: Game vs. Marquette live on ESPN2

Sunday 3/19 (if necessary)

Time TBD: Closed practice

Monday 3/20 (if necessary)

Time TBD: Round of 32 game vs. winner of No. 4 Miami (Fla.) and No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast

For exclusive coverage, make sure to follow reporters Morey Hershgordon and Sierra Goodwill on Twitter.

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