Blue Devils fall to Quinnipiac in 79-50 loss

Adam Proud, Contributer

The CCSU women’s basketball team fell to a 79-50 loss against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, Nov. 13, despite showing some positive signs all game long.

In their second outing of the season, the Blue Devils faced off against the Bobcats in front of the Central crowd in the Detrick Gymnasium.

Both teams were going end to end in the first quarter as Quinnipiac stretched the lead to four points with five minutes gone.

The tight nature of the game continued through until the final buzzer in the first quarter as a late two-point shot from CCSU brought the game to a 21-20 score.

Going into the second quarter it was the Bobcats who looked to be finding their rhythm over CCSU, making some early buckets and stretching their lead to 34-23 with just over three minutes to go in the half.

With a couple of minutes remaining the momentum suddenly swung towards the Blue Devils. An and-one play which was converted by senior Ashley Berube, got the crowd onto their feet.

CCSU continued to hold strong and junior Forever Toppin used the crowd’s energy to make a step back three-pointer right at the end of the half to make it a 36-32 game.

By the second half it was a dominant Bobcats display, with the away side controlling the basket and the Blue Devils were unable to find an answer.

Quinnipiac closed out the game strongly and at the final buzzer took a 29-point lead which saw CCSU take their second loss of the year.

Speaking after the game, head coach Kerri Reeves said Central’s performance had some similarities to their first game loss as they lost momentum in the second half.

“This is probably the second game in a row that we’ve played really good in the first half,” she said. “Then coming out in the second half we didn’t play as well going into the third quarter which led to some problems in the fourth quarter.”

Reeves also said her team will look to work on being more controlling with the basketball after having 20 turnovers against Quinnipiac.

“I think we have to do a better job at taking care of the basketball in important situations. We had some very untimely turnovers today and then we just got manhandled on the boards,” she said. “That’s something that we try to focus and work on every single day, and we will continue to do that and get better at it.”