Junior captain P.J. Wade had 16 points, and sophomore Kerrianne Dugan posted 15 points and nine rebounds as Central Connecticut (0-2) lost 70-63 against Harvard (1-1) in the consolation game at the USF Shootout. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Blue Devils. CCSU will open its home season on Thursday, Nov. 20, hosting Maine in a 7 p.m. contest.
Central Connecticut jumped out to an 8-0 lead and did not trail until the 8:50 mark when the Crimson went up 18-17. The two teams traded leads before CCSU used a 10-2 half-ending run to go ahead 31-26. Dugan had 10 first half points for the Blue Devils. Wade added eight.
The Blue Devils maintained their lead at the start of the second half. After a pair of Wade free throws, they led 44-38 with 12:15 remaining in the game. Harvard used a 9-2 run to gain a 47-46 advantage about three minutes later, but Dugan responded with two free throws to put CCSU back in front. However, that would Central Connecticut's last lead of the game.
Harvard regained the lead on an Emily Tay jumper and held on for the victory. An Oglesby three-pointer tied it at 61-61 with 2:55 left to play, but the Crimson ended the game on a 9-2 run.
CCSU hit 6-of-17 three-pointers, while limiting Harvard to an 0-of-10 day from behind the arc. The Crimson won the battle at the free throw line, though. They hit 20-of-28, including 18-of-20 over the final 20 minutes.
Sophomore Emma Markey had 27 points and 12 rebounds to pace Harvard. Freshman Brogan Berry added 15 points, hitting 11-of-12 free throws to spark her effort.
Dugan was named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 13.5 points and six rebounds to lead CCSU.
Central Connecticut will begin the home portion of its schedule on Thursday, Nov. 20. The Blue Devils welcome Maine to Detrick Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. match-up.