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Rick Nixon | NCAA.com | January 30, 2018

Quinnipiac asserting dominance in MAAC, earns Team of the Week

The Bobcats are the team to beat in the MAAC after extending their winning streak to 12 games this weekend.

After enjoying one of the greatest single-seasons by any program in school history when they advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2017, Quinnipiac is at it again. The Bobcats established themselves as the team to beat in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after extending their winning streak to 12 games over the weekend in earning NCAA.com Team of the Week honors.

Quinnipiac, 17-5 overall and 11-0 in the MAAC, scored road wins last week over Canisius, 84-55 on Jan. 26 and Niagara, 84-55 on Sunday afternoon to extend its MAAC winning streak to 21 straight games.

Both wins were characterized by a balanced attack that featured three players scoring in double figures. In the win over Canisius, junior forward Jen Fay led the way with 17 points, Aryn McClure added 16 points and Paula Strautmane scored 10 points, blocked five shots and recorded five steals. Against Niagara, Fay topped all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Herd scored 13 points and McClure added 10 points and six assists. The latest victory was the Bobcats' eighth road win of the season, Quinnipiac finished last season with 11 road victories.

In 2018, Quinnipiac is hoping for a run that eclipses last season when the Bobcats became just the fourth 12th seed in NCAA tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16. In that run, Quinnipiac scored two wins over nationally-ranked teams in No. 25 Marquette (W, 68-65) and at No. 16 Miami (W, 85-78), marking the first two wins over ranked opponents in program history. The Cinderella story ended with a loss to eventual NCAA champion South Carolina in the Stockton Regional semifinals.

Quinnipiac next travels to Fairfield on Feb. 2.

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