Quinnipiac women’s basketball drops third straight to GW


Photo Courtesy: Liz Flynn

Megan Maharry, Nick Lewis, and Eric Kerr

Highlights – Nick Lewis

Postgame Reaction – Eric Kerr

Game Story – Megan Maharry

The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team faced off against George Washington at the People’s United Center Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats were unable to come away with the win, falling to the Colonials 78-67.

“Loved our first quarter,” Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri said. “Itching for the result of the W. Loved our compete. Just some great things happening and not getting the result.”

The Bobcats came in to today’s game with two straight losses in their previous games against No. 9 Maryland and Harvard. The Colonials were rolling on a three-game win streak and an early season record of 5-3.

Offense was not lacking for the Bobcats in the first quarter. Quinnipiac put up 22 points with first-year Cur’Tiera Haywood leading the charge with eight points, including a pair of threes. Haywood earned her first career start in today’s line-up and finished the game with 13 points.

“I work on my shot every day in practice, so seeing it go through just let’s me know that I’m a great shooter and I can keep making these shots in the game for my team,” Haywood said.

The second quarter saw Quinnipiac holding on to the lead the majority of the quarter, but George Washington would not be put away.

The Colonials shot 63% from the floor during the second quarter, twice the percentage they shot in the first quarter. George Washington’s redshirt-first year Tori Hyduke dominated the court in the first half, netting 16 points and shooting over 60% from the floor as well as from behind the arc.

Hyduke averages 12 points per game, and became the first Colonials to score at least 20 points when she put up 22 in her last game against Delaware (Dec. 4). She ended the game with 22 total points.

Sophomore Mackenzie DeWees banked her first three-pointer of the season to help extend Quinnipiac’s lead in the second. The Bobcats led by as much as 10 in the second quarter.

Hyduke then tallied 7 points in a row to tie the game at 36 all. A layup from first-year Cat Almedia and free throw from first-year Sajada Bonner gave the Bobcats the 39-38 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter, Quinnipiac lost the lead and trailed for the majority of the quarter. Quinnipiac’s offense slowed, as they were only able to covert 1 of the 18 shots from the field.

George Washington took the 55-47 lead going into the final quarter.

Despite 12 points by junior Shaq Edwards in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats were unable to stop the Colonials offensive flow, as George Washington closed out the game 78-67. Edwards ended the game with 18 total points.

“I liked our effort and our energy, even though we started to get down in the third quarter,” Edwards said. “We still were high energy on the bench and on the court.”

Senior Paige Warfel ended the afternoon with 14 rebounds, marking the fourth game this season she’s reached double-digit rebounds.

Today’s loss moved the Bobcats to 1-5 on the season.

“We have to hang in there, see the good, see the bad and keep getting better,” Fabbri said. “And not get discouraged.”

The Bobcats look to get back on track in their next game on the road at the University of Central Florida on Dec. 17. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Orlando.