Turnovers kill Quinnipiac as they fall to Marist


Photo: Liz Flynn

Jarod Hughes

Marist guard Sarah Barcello had 23 points and four rebounds to lead her team to a 69-50 win against Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon. 

The Bobcats, going into the game with a 3-3 record, were stagnant against an undefeated Red Foxes squad. 

Turnovers and shooting woes were to blame for Quinnipiac. These two things tormented the Bobcats as they lost their first game of the new year. 

The Red Foxes offense ran through Sarah Barcello, Willow Duffell, and Caitlin Weimar all of whom scored double figures in points. 

Marist capitalized on turnovers and poor transition defense from the Bobcats, scoring 15 points off of turnovers. 

Quinnipiac started off this game slow in the first quarter,  making only one three-pointer and giving up an early 7 turnovers.  Marist was able to pounce on the Bobcats and take a 16-9 lead to end the quarter. 

By halftime the Bobcats were leading the game in shots but were appalling from range, shooting just 1 for 11 from three. They also had 14 turnovers at the half, which Marist used to gain a 13 point lead at the break. 

Quinnipiac desperately needed to find some sort of flow on offense if they wanted to cut the lead down and get back in the game.

The Bobcats would come out strong in the second half as head coach Tricia Fabbri deviated from shooting threes and had her offense attack the paint and drive the lanes, drawing plenty of fouls in the process

At one point in the third, Quinnipiac would go on an 11-5 run and by the end of the third quarter, Quinnipiac would be shooting 9-11 from the free-throw line.

With turnovers continuing to be a problem, however, Marist quickly regained control of the game to go on a run that would see Quinnipiac down 14 with a score of 48-34 going into the fourth quarter. 

With the Bobcats’ offense finally seeming to find a rhythm, the team would see their first three-pointer fall since the first quarter, courtesy of Cur’Tiera Haywood. The Bobcats would get within 9 points against the Red Foxes. 

With the fourth quarter reaching the end stages, the Red Foxes would knock down some key three-pointers late into the game leading by as much as 20. 

Mackenzie DeWees would be the leading scorer for Quinnipiac, giving the team 14 points and 5 rebounds, adding 2 steals. 

The team would end the game shooting 21 percent from beyond the arc and giving up 23 turnovers. Marist shot 31 percent from three and only gave up 10 turnovers.  

The Bobcats will hopefully look to be better at controlling the ball and focus on defense moving forward as they hope to get over this shooting nightmare. 

Quinnipiac will have an opportunity sooner rather than later to get revenge as they are set to play Marist again on Monday.