INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Quinnipiac women's basketball senior point guard Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) was announced as the NCAA Div. I statistical champion for assist-turnover ratio, as announced by the NCAA Media Coordination and Statistics staff on Friday, May 15, 2015. Abshire's 4.15 assist-turnover ratio not only was the best of any NCAA student-athlete in the 2014-15 season, but it also was the best single-season assist-turnover ratio recorded since the NCAA began using stat in 2007-08.
"Boo helped transform this program," said Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri. "On the court she played with remarkable poise for a freshman running the team. The stats show how well she took care of and distributed the basketball and was in no small part a reason we won 104 games and two conference championships. Off the court she was the best leader I have ever coached."
Abshire emerged as one of the best point guard in the nation on her way to compiling an NCAA-leading assist-turnover ratio of 4.15. In the Bobcats' 35-game 2014-15 season, Abshire posted 215 assists while turning the ball over just 52 times to give her the 4.15 assist-turnover ratio.
Baylor's Niya Johnson was next in line at 4.13, as Johnson finished with the second-highest assist-turnover ratio recorded in the history since the NCAA started using the ratio as an official statistic in 2007-08. The MAAC was well-represented in the Top 5 list as Niagara's Kelly Van Leeuwen (3.50) was third in the NCAA, Rutgers' Syessence Davis (3.18) was fourth and UConn's Moriah Jefferson (3.08) rounded out the top five individuals.
In addition to the assist-turnover ratio, Abshire finished 15th in NCAA Div. I in assists per game (6.17), an incredible accomplishment considering she averaged just 23.7 minutes per game, a total that was tied for 1,384th in the nation. She also averaged 10.5 assists per 40 minutes (2nd NCAA Div. I) and 45.2 percent assist rate (2nd NCAA Div. I) which compiles Abshire's percentage of the team's assists while she is on the floor.
"Being the leader in assist-turnover ratio is the icing on the cake to an incredible senior season," Abshire said. "It was such a wonderful experience being a part of such a great team that accomplished so much. I am thankful for my coaches and teammates, this wouldn't have been possible without them."
Many individual career and single-season numbers fell during the 2014-15 campaign as Abshire became the all-time assist leader in Quinnipiac basketball history (men's or women's) with 704 career assists. No player in the history of Quinnipiac was more durable as she started all 134 career games, finishing her career having never missed a single-game as a Bobcat. She also matched the Quinnipiac single-game program record with 14 assists at Rider on Feb. 26.
Her play at the point guard position was second to none throughout the 2014-15 season as Abshire posted a streak of 148 consecutive minutes without committing a turnover, a streak that lasted over the course of seven games from Feb. 1 – Feb. 22. Abshire also didn't commit a turnover in five straight games from Feb. 7 through Feb. 19. Throughout the season, Abshire didn't commit a turnover in 12 games including a stretch of 9-of-11 in the middle of conference play.
Abshire's ball handling and unmatched distributing skills led the Quinnipiac offense all season and helped translate into national success as QU ranked 5th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.47). Quinnipiac's well-rounded offensive campaign in 2014-15 featured 78.5 points per game (10th NCAA Div. I), 19.6 assists per game (4th NCAA Div. I), 9.2 three-point field goals per game (6th NCAA Div. I) and +14.0 scoring margin (17th NCAA Div. I). The lone program to rank Top 20 in the nation in all aforementioned statistics was the 2015 NCAA Champion UConn Huskies.
As a team, Quinnipiac set new MAAC single-season records for assist-turnover ratio (1.47), points (2749) and three-point field goals per game (9.20).
Abshire's transcendent season came in a remarkable season for the Bobcats wherein Quinnipiac won the 2015 MAAC Championship with an undefeated record (23-0) against conference opponents. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history and the second time in three seasons, earning a program-best No. 12 seed where QU took on No. 5 seed Oklahoma out in Palo Alto, California.
In the coming weeks, the women's basketball team will receive a plaque from the NCAA for recognition of Abshire's remarkable achievement.
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