CCSU women's basketball falls to Mount St. Mary's in NEC opener

Published on Friday, 29 December 2017 22:39
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

@DavidGlovach

NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut women’s basketball team’s early season struggles carried over to its NEC opener Friday night.

The Blue Devils managed to erase a 12-point first half deficit only to allow a 17-6 fourth-quarter run to Mount St. Mary’s as they dropped their conference opener 68-56.

The Mountaineers capitalized on back-to-back CCSU turnovers with six straight points to start the final quarter of play and build up a 59-50 lead. Kiana Patterson answered with her third 3-pointer of the night for the Blue Devils (0-12, 0-1), but Mount St. Mary’s proved to be too much.

Patterson finished with 11 points, while Mount senior Caroline Hummell scored a game-high 21 points.

Down 30-29 at the half, CCSU went on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter before Hummell ended it by scoring on three of the Mountaineers’ next four possessions.

The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter as Mount St. Mary’s took a 51-47 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.

The first half proved to be just as frustrating for the Blue Devils.

The Mountaineers led 20-14 after the first quarter thanks to three 3s and ending the period on a 12-4 run. CCSU’s Ashley Berube began the second quarter with an offensive put back, but Mount St. Mary’s pulled away again after an 8-0 run.

But the Blue Devils managed to make the end of the first half competitive.

Freshman Tiffany Slicklein came through with an old-fashioned 3-point play with 2:23 left in the second quarter and finished a feed from junior Sydney Hines one minute later to cut the lead down to five points. A running jump shot from Hines followed by a steal and pass ahead to sophomore Ashley Chin, who finished the play in transition, completed an 11-0 CCSU spurt to conclude the first half.

That fourth quarter, however, turned out to be the difference.

David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or dglovach@newbritainherald.com



Posted in Newington Town Crier, CCSU on Friday, 29 December 2017 22:39. Updated: Friday, 29 December 2017 22:42.