HACKENSACK, N.J. - The rough season continues for the Central Connecticut State womenâ€™s basketball team.
Held to just eight points over the first quarter and 18 in the first half, the Blue Devils couldnâ€™t recover as they fell to NEC-opponent Fairleigh Dickinson 76-49 Monday night.
No CCSU (2-14, 2-3) player finished in double figures, as freshman Ashley Forker led the team with nine points, six of which came in the final quarter of play. Andi Lydon was next with seven points.
The Knights (10-7, 2-4), meanwhile, had three players reach double-digit point totals. Madelynn Comly finished with a game-high 18 points, while Lauren Francillon and Amina Markovic added 16 and 12 points respectively. Francillon also pulled down 16 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Fairleigh Dickinson effectively took control of the game in the first quarter. The Knights held the Blue Devils scoreless for the final 4:33 of the opening period, only to go on a 6-0 themselves to take a 15-8 lead.
Things, however, quickly got worse for CCSU in the second.
The Blue Devils struggled to cut into Fairleigh Dickinson's lead as the Knights went on to outscore CCSU 27-10 over the next 12 minutes on 10-of-16 shooting.
The Blue Devils attempted to cut the 24-point deficit coming out of halftime, scoring on their first three possessions. But the Knights answered right back with an 11-0 run led by a Lauren Francillon jumper at the 7:32 mark.
Sophomore Ashley Chin ended the drought at 3:32 and slicing through the lane for her first basket of the game. At the end of the third quarter CCSU trailed 60-32.
CCSU played the Knights somewhat evenly in the fourth quarter as Fairleigh Dickenson only outscored by the Blue Devils by one point.
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