Nail-biting win against Fordham marks 450 for Fabbri


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Kaylyn Terry

After a slow start in the first half, the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team exploded in the third quarter for a win to celebrate head coach Tricia Fabbri’s 450th win with the Bobcats. After a loss to Villanova last Sunday, the Bobcats had a nail-biting end to the game, but came out on top 62-58 to bring their record to 2-1 early in the season.

It was a slow start for both the Bobcats and the Rams in the first quarter with a slim 12- 11 lead for the Bobcats. It was an exciting day for first year forward Tiera White, who came out strong with her first collegiate bucket for the Bobcats to get an early lead in the first quarter.

However, the Rams quickly turned up the heat against the Bobcats while the Quinnipiac defense struggled to keep the ball out of its net.  

Fordham’s offense exploded in the second quarter to bring their lead to 34-26 by the half. Anna DeWolfe and Kaitlyn Downey were the two front runners for the Rams offense. DeWolfe took off running and notched her second straight 20-point game, while Downey accumulated her second straight double-double to lead the Rams.

As for the Bobcats, it was a tough first half, sitting eight points down at halftime. The offense needed to step up if they wanted to come out with a win, and that’s just what happened.

Junior Rose Caverly and sophomore Mikala Morris were the ones to watch in the second half. Caverly had just come off an explosive 20-point game in her first game with the Bobcats against Providence, which earned her MAAC Player of the Week honors. She picked up 14 points on 5-8 shooting, while Morris was the top scorer for the Bobcats, with 18 points and 10 rebounds to seal the deal against Fordham.

Mackenzie Dewees and Sajada Bonner were also key in the Bobcats’ win. Dewees came into the game after a high scoring 16-point game against Villanova while Bonner also came off an excellent game against Villanova with 11 points. Against Fordham, they combined for 14 point, 10 rebounds and three steals.

After a 21-13 third quarter in the Bobcats’ favor evened things up at 47, Quinnipiac took a quick lead in the fourth, but Fordham got within two with ten seconds left on the clock. In an exciting finish, Morris iced the game, sinking both her free throws to win it 62-58 for the Bobcats.  A well-fought battle was a great way to celebrate a 450th win in the books for Fabbri with Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac will go on to face the Army Black Knights next weekend.