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Quinnipiac falls to Central Michigan in home opener

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Quinnipiac falls to Central Michigan in home opener

Emma Carman

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The Central Michigan Chippewas (7-1, 0-0 MAC) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-4, 0-0 MAAC) at the People’s United Center with a final score of 67-52 Sunday afternoon.

It was a chilly, rainy day in Hamden but that did not stop the crowd from flowing in to support the reigning MAAC Champions in their first home game of 2018-19. This was the Bobcats first loss at home in 358 calendar days.

Quinnipiac redshirt senior Jen Fay was honored before the game by head coach Tricia Fabbri with her 1,000 point ball for the first home game of the 2018-19 season.

“It was very cool. They talked about it in the Texas game so I realized I got it but I was very focused on the game and I didn’t even know I was going to get the ball before the game,” Fay said.

Fay tallied 11 points in the game and was the second highest scorer for Quinnipiac in today’s matinee matchup.

“She has been so good for us to date all season long so it was really nice she got the accomplishment in a pretty good house to get recognized in front of the home crowd so it was a nice little shout out to Jen Fay. Well deserved, well earned,” Fabbri said.

Freshman Mackenzie DeWees had eight points at the half which led the Bobcats in points before heading into the second half. This was DeWees first home game as a Bobcat and she scored 13 total points which led Quinnipiac.

“We needed to find her some more minutes so I’m really glad her, Baccho (Chiara Bacchini), B Mart (Brittany Martin) and Del (Edel Thornton) really did a good job for us in this game today,” Fabbri said about her freshman standout. “I am pleased that she continues to get better and the results from the game today because that’s what been happening in practice.”

The Bobcats struggled in the third quarter and only earned seven points which put the Chippewas up 13 heading into the fourth.

Senior Presley Hudson led the Central Michigan Chippewas with 25 points and her teammate, Micaela Kelly and she totaled for 41 points. The Chippewas are now 7-1 overall and play Vanderbilt for their next game.

The Bobcats will look to bounce back after hitting .500 next Saturday, December 8 at Princeton University in New Jersey.


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