Quinnipiac women tabbed second, men third in MAAC preseason basketball poll


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Bryan Schwartz

The times are a changing.

Tricia Fabbri’s team has won the MAAC title each of the last three years. After all five of last year’s starters graduated, the Bobcats will surely look much different, and the conference’s coaches expect that, too.

Quinnipiac was picked second in the 2019-20 MAAC preseason poll. The Bobcats received two first place votes. Marist was tabbed the favorite.

The Bobcats had a number of student-athletes on the all-MAAC squads. Red-shirt junior guard Shaq Edwards and senior forward Paige Warfel are members of the all-MAAC third team, while 2018-19 sixth player of the year Taylor Herd is an all-MAAC second teamer.

Edwards did not play last year after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules. The point guard comes from La Salle. Warfel averaged a career-high 5.5 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per contest last season.

Herd put up 7.8 points per game last year, mostly coming off the bench.

After falling in the MAAC quarterfinals to Monmouth last season, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball program has been picked to finish third for the second straight year. Iona was picked first, with Rider second.

Rich Kelly was chosen as a member of the all-MAAC team after a stellar sophomore season. The point guard was second in scoring on the team last year, averaging 13.2 points per game. Kelly was fourth in the MAAC with 4.5 assists per game in 2018-19.

Jacob Rigoni was named to the all-MAAC third team.

The Bobcats’ men’s basketball squad opens the season Nov. 13 at Brown, while the women’s program begins its run at another title Nov. 5 at home against Drexel.