Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Tinara Moore scored 23 points to lead the Central Michigan women’s basketball team as it fell short to Quinnipiac in McGuirk Arena on Thursday, 84-70.
It was the Chippewas’ final nonconference game of the season. CMU fell to 8-3 overall and look towards a tough road ahead as it opens Mid-American Conference play against undefeated Ball State (11-0) on the road on Dec. 30.
“It’s the last game of nonconference and we need to have a short memory,” said CMU coach Sue Guevara. “Well get back at it when we go to Ball State. We can’t let this stay with us. It was disappointing to say the least, but now it’s conference time.
In a night where the Chippewas lacked offensively, the free throw line was not in their favor. Despite entering the game ranked second nationally in free throw percentage, CMU struggled to sink them at the charity stripe, finishing 7-of-13 (53.8 percent).
Reyna Frost added 14 points and shared the team-high with Moore for rebounds with eight apiece. The two forwards combined to drain three of Central Michigan’s nine 3-pointers. The Chippewas finished 31 percent from beyond the arc.
“It was very disappointing. It was a tough night for us offensively,” Guevara said. “I think when Tinara Moore and Reyna Frost become our best 3-point shooters, we’re in a bit of trouble.
"We didn’t have great guard play, which is one of our strengths. We were going to the well as much as we could with Tinara and she was able to score for us inside… We just couldn’t get ourselves out of it. We had some people trying to shoot themselves out of it, but unfortunately they weren’t going.”
Carly Fabbri led Quinnipiac with 20 points while Aryn McClure grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Presley Hudson had seven assists and added nine points.