Bobcats Women’s Basketball Sweeps Monmouth

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Quinton Hamilton

If there is one word to describe the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team’s dominant 53-38 victory over the Monmouth Sunday afternoon it would be teamwork.

Nearly every Bobcat who touched the court registered at least one point in the second game of the back-to-back series against the Hawks. It’s that depth that gave Quinnipiac its second series sweep of the season.

The team was paced by Mackenzie DeWees who tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and added three more steals giving her weekend totals of 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight key steals.

But it was the depth that helped the Bobcats keep both games, for the most part, out of reach.

“Today was Quinnipiac Basketball where everyone scores, everyone plays team defense,” DeWees said postgame. “We want to get everyone involved. It’s not just about one person it’s about getting the ball in the net and playing as a team.”

Head coach Tricia Fabbri kept players rotating in and out of the game, keeping starters fresh and giving reserves key experience going into the final stretch of the conference regular season. Her players responded.

The bench produced 21 points, led by Jillian Casey’s career-high eight points in 19 minutes. Tiera White backed up Saturday’s career highs in points and minutes with a six-point, four-rebound performance in 18 minutes solidifying her place as a solid backup forward to play behind one of the team’s leaders, Mikala Morris.

“That’s really important to us that on any given night that we’re going to have obviously key players, because we have good players in the program, but we’re also going to get that support from everybody and that’s been pivotal to our success not only today, this weekend but over the course of the years I’ve been here at Quinnipiac,” Fabbri said.

On offense, the deep ball finally started to fall. Casey came in and provided a jolt of energy and three-point shot making ability that the Bobcats offense was lacking all season.

As her shots started to fall, the offense opened up and DeWees, Sajada Bonner, Cur’Tiera Haywood and Rose Caverly got in on the shooting action as well.

Once again, the Bobcats dug in on the defensive end. The team forced 20 turnovers and held Monmouth to 20 percent shooting from the field and 14 percent from three. The 38 points is the fewest allowed by this Bobcats team this season.

If the schedule holds true the Bobcats will host Fairfield for a weekend series on Friday and Saturday and with the Stags sitting atop the conference, this outcome of this series could have some seeding implications come MAAC Tournament time.

Fabbri talked postgame about what the team should expect going into the upcoming matchup.

“They could be the most talented roster that we will see in the conference,” Fabbri said. “Their roster is the most talented with Lou Lopez-Senechal leading the way and they’ve got a really good point guard who’s taking care of business and they got great size on the inside and obviously they’re very well coached with Joe Frager.”

Fabbri noted that the team will have tomorrow off as a recovery day and the coaching staff will begin breaking down film. Then they will get back on the court to prepare for the matchups on Feb. 12 and 13.