Caverly, Morris lead Bobcats to opening day win over Providence


Steven McAvoy

258 days. That’s how long it’s been since sneakers have touched the college hardwood in Hamden.

At the People’s United Center, the sights included some players in masks, teams spread out across the stands to maintain social distancing and a lot of blue seats.

As for the sounds, pumped in crowd noise flooded the arena amidst the claps and cheers of teammates.

Quinnipiac found out they were taking on Providence on Monday. The team was able to get a scouting report only a day in advance, and despite the lack of fans and the quick turnaround, the Bobcats came to play.

Following five straight misses to start the game, the Bobcats finally found the scoreboard and didn’t let up, holding onto a lead over the Friars until late in the fourth.

After Providence took a one-point lead with just under two-and-a-half to play, Quinnipiac regained the lead with a clutch deep ball from Sajeda Bonner, and the Cats never looked back.

In her Quinnipiac debut, Vermont transfer Rose Caverly dropped 20 points to go along with five assists and a perfect shooting percentage from the stripe.

Mackenzie DeWees made her presence felt, but not in her usual ways, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds in the effort.

Finally, sophomore Mikala Morris spread her wings taking over for graduate Paige Warfel, gathering five boards and 17 points on the day.

The win gives Quinnipiac its third straight win dating back to last year.

The Bobcats were slated to play in the ‘Hall of Fame’ challenge this weekend, which included a game against UConn, however, the game was canceled due to COVID-related circumstances.

In a season where teams are halting operations almost every day, the Bobcats schedule is due to change, but for now, Quinnipiac will take on Fordham on December 5 in Hamden.