Grisdale and the Bobcats extend their winning streak to seven


Photo: Anthony W. Pacheco III

Gage Kilborne

On Thursday at M&T Bank Arena, the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team (15-7, 10-3) hosted the Canisius Golden Griffins (6-15, 3-9).  The Bobcats came away with a dominating performance, winning 73-36.

In the first quarter, both teams were exchanging points right off of the tip. The Bobcats were able to get a late-quarter push to take a five-point lead into the break.  When the second quarter came, the bobcats were rolling as they outscored the Griffins 16-4 in the quarter to lead the game 34-17. 

During halftime, head coach Tricia Fabbri got the team together and helped build its confidence. This allowed the team to outscore the Griffins in the third quarter 24-10 to give the Bobcats a 58-27 cushion with the game in hand. As a result, Fabbri took out Jackie Grisdale after she scored a season-high 20 points. 

The game’s biggest shot had to be in the fourth quarter when Fabbri brought in the second strings. Jillian Casey had yet to make a field goal in her career until Feb. 9 when she took a three-point jumper late in the game and the Quinnipiac bench roared with excitement. 

Although this was a dominant win for the Bobcats, the team was not completely healthy. 

“[Grisdale] and a couple of the ladies were battling under the weather,” Fabbri said. “I have always said to them to do a little reverse psychology.” 

This reverse psychology worked out well for the team as it was able to play one of its more dominant games even when the players weren’t feeling well. 

Grisdale was so happy to have a fantastic performance, especially when she was playing in front of nearly 3,000 children across the New Haven area. 

“They brought such great energy,” Grisdale said. “I knew they were very loud at points, the screaming got a little bit up there but it’s great to have them here.”

The Bobcats look to make it eight in a row when they travel to Fairfield to take on the Stags on Saturday, Feb. 11.