Women’s basketball ranked first in NEC preseason coaches’ poll; men ranked fourth

Here, members of the women’s basketball team enjoy Bobcats Madness on Oct. 12 in our TD Bank Sports Center. (Photo by Jamie DeLoma, assistant director of public relations and social media.)

The Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team has been selected to finish first in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season in second place in the NEC standings with an 13-5 record in conference play and a 22-10 overall record. Quinnipiac clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament for the 12th consecutive year.

Entering her 18th season as head coach of the Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team, head coach Tricia Fabbri knows that her 2012-13 squad has something special. A solid group of returners and a highly touted recruiting class may be just the right pieces the Bobcats need to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and Fabbri cannot help but be excited to get started.

“We have many reasons to be optimistic about the 2012-13 season,” said Fabbri. “What truly has me excited is our team chemistry. Our coaches, players, managers and trainers are all on board to obtain the ultimate goal – A Northeast Conference Championship.”

The Quinnipiac University men’s basketball team was selected to finish fourth in the 2012-13 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Last season, the Bobcats finished fifth in the NEC standings and earned a trip to their third consecutive national postseason tournament.

Led by sixth-year Head Coach Tom Moore, one of the top practitioners of mid-major basketball, this year’s rendition of the Bobcats reveals towering expectations. With 18 wins in 2011-12, Quinnipiac has averaged 21 wins over the past three seasons – a mark its looks to surpass this year. The Bobcats return 10 letter-winners, five of whom have at least 20 career starting assignments on their collegiate resume, back to the line-up in 2012-13.

“I am extremely excited for the 2012-13 season,” said Moore. “We have a nice balance of experienced youth and this might be our deepest team we’ve had here at Quinnipiac. The challenge before this group is to maintain our position near the top of the Northeast Conference and earn a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. I believe we have the talent, work ethic and character to accomplish our goal.”


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