Yale takes a nail-biter over Quinnipiac in New Haven


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Bryan Schwartz, Sports Director

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The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team took the short drive down to New Haven to face Ivy League foe, the Yale Bulldogs. In a game where both teams scrapped for the lead, Yale came out as the top dog in this fight winning by a score of 63-59. Quinnipiac lost by the same amount for the second game in a row, losing to Drexel 66-62 on Nov. 5.

Losing the first two games isn’t something that Bobcats head coach Tricia Fabbri is concerned about. Quinnipiac has a young team that will need to grow and adjust to new roles. Fabbri said that she knows that the team is talented, and the early losses will lead to long term success.

“You never want to get used to this feeling” Fabbri said. “You’ve got to take a broad picture, step back and see the progress that’s being made against a team that has a really great nucleus returning and the growth we were able to get out of certain players.”

One of the players that excelled for the Bobcats was freshman forward Mikala Morris. She led the offense in scoring with 17 points and chipped in 4 rebounds for good measure in her second game as a Bobcat. Morris said she felt calmer on the court in this game which led to her success.

“My first game I kind of lacked my confidence. Once I got my first shot up, the game just started flowing for me,” Morris said.

“She went up against the rookie of the year and one of the best players in the Ivy League today and she was the better player on the floor tonight. It was really nice to see her have a good game for us,” Fabbri said.

Fabbri said defensive toughness was something they had worked on after playing Drexel and has improved from last week’s loss. She did say that the team is still not on the page offensively and that these November games are a place to work that out.

The Bobcats struggled offensively in the first half shooting 37 percent from the floor. In the second half the Bobcats came out firing scoring nine points in their first four possessions. The Bobcats defensive effort in the first half is what allowed them to keep the lead close until they could find their offensive rhythm.

“I really loved our answer coming out of the locker room,” said Fabbri “I thought it was really important to set the tone for the rest of the second half. I thought we went up and down the floor possession by possession defensively and offensively hung right in there for the 20 minutes to go win it.”

The Bobcats will need to continue to get more good performances out of Mikala Morris and the other rookies to reach the success in years past. Their next game is Nov. 16 against Bucknell at the People’s United Center at 2 p.m.