Central Connecticut women's basketball head coach Beryl Piper announced the addition of Bacon Academy's Brooke Bailey to her 2009-10 recruiting class. Bailey, a 6-1 combo guard from Colchester, CT, signed her national letter of intent to become a Blue Devil this fall. She is the third student-athlete to sign with the program, joining Kirsten Daamen and Jameilia Dillon.
In this edition of In the Paint, Coach Piper broke down Central Connecticut's Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinal and semifinal games. She also talked about the potential for a Blue Devils appearance in the WNIT and how much fun it has been to be a part of the nation's best turnaround.
Listen to the Central Connecticut women's basketball team take on Boston University in first round WNIT action tonight at 7 p.m. Central Connecticut will offer free audio on CCSUBlueDevils.com. Roger Houston will have the call. Check out mediaCENTRAL for more information.
Appearing in postseason play past a conference tournament for the first time in its history as an NCAA Division I program, Central Connecticut (18-14) lost, 79-60, against Boston University (25-7) in WNIT first round action at Case Gymnasium. The Blue Devils, who have the best turnaround in the nation this season, were led by sophomores Kerrianne Dugan and Leanne Crockett and freshman Shontice Simmons. Dugan had her second double-double of the season, posting 16 points and 11 rebounds. Crockett and Simmons each added 17 points.
Coach Piper was back for a WNIT edition of In the Paint this afternoon. She discussed the excitement about earning a spot in the postseason tournament, Central Connecticut's match-up with America East regular season champion Boston University, and more.
Central Connecticut will face Boston University on Thursday, March 19 in the Postseason Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Blue Devils, who are currently 18-13, earned the Northeast Conference's automatic berth after finishing second during the regular season. The WNIT appearance is Central Connecticut's first during its NCAA Division I history. The Blue Devils had not been selected for play past conference tournament action until this season. The game time for Thursday will be announced when it becomes available.
The second seeded Central Connecticut women's basketball team dropped a 73-62 decision to third seeded St. Francis (PA) in the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT. The Blue Devils, now 18-13 overall this season, can earn a berth in the Postseason WNIT if Sacred Heart wins the NEC title next week. Freshman Shontice Simmons led the Blue Devils with 15 points. She also had seven rebounds. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby and sophomore Leanne Crockett each added 13 points in the loss.
Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan and freshman Shontice Simmons were each awarded postseason honors by the Northeast Conference this evening at the league's women's basketball banquet. Dugan picked up a second team All-NEC selection, while Simmons was named to the 2008-09 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team. Dugan becomes just the fourth CCSU player to garner a selection on either the first or second team since the program joined the NEC in 1997-98. Simmons, meanwhile, is the sixth Blue Devil in seven seasons to earn a spot on the league's all-rookie team.
Seven players had six or more points for second seeded Central Connecticut (18-12) in a 62-51 Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over seventh seeded Fairleigh Dickinson (10-20). Sophomores Kerrianne Dugan and Leanne Crockett each scored 11 points for the Blue Devils, who earned a spot in Sunday's semifinals against third seeded St. Francis (PA).
Central Connecticut (17-12, 12-6) ended its regular season with a 67-51 Northeast Conference home loss versus Monmouth (17-12, 11-7). Freshman Shontice Simmons led the Blue Devils with 17 points and eight rebounds. Junior P.J. Wade added 14 points and five boards in the defeat. Both players had two steals. CCSU will make its return to the Northeast Conference Tournament on Saturday, March 7. The Blue Devils, who last made it to the league tournament in 2005-06, will be the #2 seed. They play #7 Fairleigh Dickinson at 5:30 p.m. in the Pitt Center on the campus of Sacred Heart.
Freshman Shontice Simmons had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Central Connecticut (17-11, 12-5) in a 79-68 Northeast Conference loss at Quinnipiac (17-10, 10-7). Sophomores Leanne Crockett, who made four three-pointers, and Kerrianne Dugan and freshman Gabrielle Oglesby each added 12 points for the Blue Devils.
Freshman Shontice Simmons had 18 points and six assists to lead Central Connecticut (17-10, 12-4) in an 81-62 Northeast Conference home loss versus Sacred Heart (20-7, 17-0). Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby and junior P.J. Wade each had 10 points in the loss. Despite the loss, CCSU collected the #2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Blue Devils earned the second slot thanks to a 77-69 Monmouth win over Robert Morris in West Long Branch, NJ.
Sophomores Kerrianne Dugan and Justina Udenze each posted a double-double in a 62-54 Central Connecticut (17-9, 12-3) Northeast Conference home win over St. Francis (NY) (4-22, 3-13). Dugan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to collect her first double-double of the season. She also had six assists. Udenze added 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was the third straight double-double performance for Udenze. With the win, Central Connecticut matched its second-highest win total in the program's NCAA Division I history. The Blue Devils went 17-10 in 1997-98. The 12 NEC wins tie the most in school history. CCSU went 12-4 in 1997-98.
Central Connecticut will celebrate alumni day on Saturday, Feb. 21 when St. Francis (NY) comes to Detrick Gymnasium. The afternoon will also serve as Think Pink Day for the Blue Devils. In addition, head coach Beryl Piper and fellow alumni will honor their former coach, CCSU Hall of Famer Dr. Brenda Reilly. Reilly, the 1985-86 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, served as the Blue Devil head coach from 1971 through 1995 and passed away on Aug. 5, 2000 following a battle with ovarian cancer.
Central Connecticut freshman Shontice Simmons was named the Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Rookie of the week this afternoon. Simmons averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Blue Devils.
Freshman Shontice Simmons had 15 points, including 10 in the second half, in a 71-69 Central Connecticut (16-9, 11-3) comeback win at Fairleigh Dickinson (9-16, 8-7). Simmons also had six assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Justina Udenze had her second straight double-double effort, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Leanne Crockett added 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Kerrianne Dugan had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. With the victory, Central Connecticut secured its first winning season since going 14-13 in 2000-01.
Freshman Shontice Simmons scored a career-high 26 points to lead Central Connecticut (15-9, 10-3) in an 85-76 non-conference loss at Bryant (7-16). Sophomore Justina Udenze posted her second career double-double for the Blue Devils, totaling 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby, meanwhile, had 16 points and five rebounds.
Central Connecticut (15-8, 10-3) secured a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament with a 70-67 overtime home win over St. Francis (PA) (9-14, 7-5). It is CCSU's first berth since the 2005-06 season. Freshman Shontice Simmons had 14 points to lead five Blue Devils in double figures. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby added 12 points, including six in game's final 6:31, and seven rebounds.
Junior P.J. Wade scored a career-high 27 points to lead Central Connecticut (14-8, 9-3) in a 76-63 Northeast Conference home win over Robert Morris (12-11, 8-3). Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby added a season-best 17 points in the win, CCSU's first against the Colonials since Jan. 15, 2005. The Blue Devils have now moved into sole possession of second place in the league standings.
Junior P.J. Wade matched a career-high with 18 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Central Connecticut (13-8, 8-3) in a 68-57 Northeast Conference win at Wagner (6-15, 2-9). Wade also had seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan added 18 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Leanne Crockett posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan had 17 points to lead Central Connecticut (12-8, 7-3) in a 76-64 Northeast Conference road loss against Sacred Heart (13-7, 10-0). Freshman Shontice Simmons added 13 points and three steals for the Blue Devils.
Junior P.J. Wade and sophomore Kerrianne Dugan each had 14 points to lead Central Connecticut (12-7, 7-2) in a 60-47 win at Mount St. Mary's (7-11, 2-7). Sophomore Leanne Crockett added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Blue Devils, who completed the season sweep versus the Mountaineers. Freshman Shontice Simmons, meanwhile, contributed nine points, six rebounds and a career-high eight assists in the win.
Central Connecticut (11-7, 6-2) rallied from a 17-point first half deficit, getting as close as two points, in Northeast Conference action versus visiting Quinnipiac (12-5, 6-2) at Detrick Gymnasium, before losing 63-57. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby led CCSU with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Freshman Shontice Simmons added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the defeat.
Freshman Shontice Simmons had 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead Central Connecticut (11-6, 6-1) in a 66-51 Northeast Conference road loss at Robert Morris (7-10, 5-2). Sophomore Leanne Crockett added 11 points, nine rebounds and six steals in the defeat, CCSU's first during league play this season. The loss also snapped a six-game Blue Devil winning streak.
Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan had 17 points to lead Central Connecticut (11-5, 6-0) in a 71-64 Northeast Conference win at St. Francis (PA) (3-13, 2-4). Dugan combined with freshman Shontice Simmons, junior P.J. Wade and sophomore Leanne Crockett to score 62 of the 71 Blue Devil points. Simmons had 16 points. Wade scored 15 points, and Crockett totaled 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. CCSU has now won six straight for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Central Connecticut sophomore Leanne Crockett earned her second Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week accolade of the season after leading the Blue Devils to three league wins. Crockett shot 64 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent from three-point range, to post 15.0 points per game.. The Manchester, CT product also averaged 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Central Connecticut (10-5, 5-0) defeated Wagner (5-10, 1-4), 81-61, in Northeast Conference home action. It was the fifth straight win for the Blue Devils. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby matched a season-high with 16 points, and classmate Shontice Simmons had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory. Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan added 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for CCSU.
Sophomore Leanne Crockett had a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead Central Connecticut (9-5, 4-0) in a 71-57 Northeast Conference home win over Fairleigh Dickinson (4-9, 3-2). Crockett, who connected on 5-of-7 three-point attempts, was aided by junior P.J Wade's second straight double figure scoring effort. Wade had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Blue Devils, who have won four straight for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Sophomore Justina Udenze's putback with 1.8 seconds left gave Central Connecticut (8-5, 3-0) a 51-49 Northeast Conference road victory over Monmouth (5-9, 0-4). Udenze finished with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior P.J. Wade and sophomore Leanne Crockett led the Blue Devils with 13 points each. With the win, CCSU is now 3-0 in Northeast Conference play for the first time in program history.
Sophomore Kerrianne Dugan scored a season-high 22 points and had seven rebounds to lead Central Connecticut (7-5) in an 81-74 non-conference road win over Longwood (4-9). Freshman Shontice Simmons added 19 points, five assists and three steals for the Blue Devils, who shot 25-of-47 (53.2 percent) from the field and 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) on three-point tries. Sophomore Leanne Crockett contributed 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds in the win.