Women use pressure, swarming defense to outlast Central Conn. St., 67-53

Erin Elfeldt

This Saturday the Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team honored their five senior players at the team’s game against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

The graduating seniors include Kim Fitzpatrick from Waterford Ireland, Lindsey O’Neil from New Britain Conn., Kasi Perrin-Carpenter from Centerville Ohio, Helen Ridley from Lynn Mass., and Shrita Smith from Hillside, N.J.

“Their not only good basketball players, they are excellent people, and great ambassadors to Quinnipiac women’s basketball team,” said head coach Tricia Sacca-Fabbri.

Kim Fitzpatrick has been a starter in every one of the Bobcats game so far this season and currently is the team’s leader in assists and assist-turnover ratio. Fitzpatrick is currently No. 6 on the career assists list at Quinnipiac with 350. Fitzpatrick is also ranked No. 5 in assists in the NEC.

During Saturday’s senior game against Central Connecticut Fitzpatrick made a steal which assisted sophomore Krystal Pressley’s shot that put the team on a shooting streak.

Lindsey O’Neil, also a starter in all of the Bobcat’s game so far this season assisted the team on their shooting streak by landing several three pointers. O’Neil is currently second on the team in three-pointers made this season.

Perrin-Carpenter traded places on the court with Fitzpatrick throughout the game. Perrin-Carpenter also has had many assists as well as steals during her last season here at Quinnipiac.

Helen Ridley sank a two point shot at the sound of the buzzer that ended the first half. Ridley has started in 15 out of the 22 games the Bobcats have played this season and is currently third on the team for scoring average.

Shrita Smith has played in 20 of the Bobcats’ games this season. She has been perfect from both the free throw line and the field in several

games this season. Most recently in the teams game against Long Island this month Smith went four for four from the field and two for two from the free throw line.

With two minutes left in the game, Sacca-Fabbri filled the five positions on the floor with the five seniors. The women played well together and Fitzpatrick was able to net a lay-up.

“Today was a good win, and it just goes to show how much of a powerhouse we are in the NEC’s. It was especially nice to have a good win on such a special day,” Ridley said.

With only four games left before the NEC Quarterfinals, the players have achieved most of their personal goals for the season, with the exception of one: winning the NEC championship.

“I’m really excited about how well we have done this season. The only goals I still have are to help us get a good position for the tournament that will put us among the top seats going into it, and of course I want us to win the NEC championships,” Fitzpatrick said.