Bobcats struggle late, drop a close one to Siena


Photo: Liz Flynn

Jason Hirsch

Four days ago, the Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-6,10-4 MAAC) used a big second-half performance to pull away from the Siena Saints (3-6, 3-6 MAAC), 81-60.

On Sunday afternoon at the People’s United Center, there, unfortunately, was no encore performance.

Led by 19 points from Isis Young, including two big free throws with 6.7 seconds left to ice the game, and 15 points by Rayshel Brown including what ultimately ended up being the game-winning floater with 14 seconds left, the Saints took revenge from their Thursday loss, defeating the Bobcats, 63-60.

After another massive third quarter turnaround where the Bobcats outscored the Saints 21-12, the Bobcats found themselves unable to sustain their momentum in the fourth quarter. Quinnipiac scored just eight points and turned the ball over for five out of their 17 total turnovers for the game in the fourth.

After the game, coach Tricia Fabbri lamented yet another slow start for the Bobcats that ultimately made it difficult for them to gain momentum in the game as their play became sloppy in the fourth quarter during Sunday’s loss.

For the Bobcats, the combination of Rose Caverly in the first half (18 points, 13 in the first half) and Mackenzie DeWees in the second half (18 points, 12 in the second half) carried most of the load offensively.

Chiara Bacchini was the only other Bobcat in double figures, with 10 points off the bench.

Caverly in particular got off to a hot start, scoring the first eight points of the game for the Bobcats, but really began to struggle in the second half, making just two of her five shot attempts.

DeWees meanwhile, despite finishing with 18 points, attempted just three shots in the first half.

Outside of Caverly, the Bobcats once again struggled to get out of the gate strong, something that DeWees thinks that they can fix in time for the MAAC tournament.

The Bobcats will head to upstate New York next weekend for a two-game weekend slate against the Niagara Purple Eagles.