Dugan and Udenze Each Record Double-Double in 64-52 Blue Devil Home Win Over St. Francis (NY)
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 started the game 0-of-9 from the field and fell behind 10-1. The Blue Devils went on to make 23-of-44 shots the rest of the way. A 6-0 stretch at the beginning of a 19-4 half-ending run put CCSU in front 14-13. They would not trail for the remainder of the game. Freshman Gabrielle Oglesby, who totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, and Udenze combined for 12 points over the first half's final five minutes. Their output helped Central Connecticut build a 10-point advantage, 27-17, at the break.
Oglesby had nine first half points, while Dugan totaled seven points and six rebounds. Udenze added six points and five boards. The Blue Devils finished the half 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from the floor. They made 9-of-17 over the final 14 minutes. Junior Kendra Williams had eight points and seven rebounds for SFNY. The Terriers were limited to 8-of-33 (24.2 percent) shooting.
St. Francis (NY) stayed within 10 points, 31-21, at the start of the second half before an 18-4 run gave the Blue Devils their largest lead (49-25) with 11:41 remaining in the contest. The Terriers scored seven unanswered to draw to within 49-32, but a Udenze three-point play ended the counter at the 8:07 mark. Central Connecticut kept the double-digit lead the rest of the way.
The Blue Devils shot 43.4 percent from the floor on the afternoon. They made 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) attempts in the second half. Udenze added three blocks and two steals to her line. Williams finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead SFNY. Terrier senior Kara Ayers, the league's leading scorer (19.2 ppg), was limited to six points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Central Connecticut will be at home again on Monday, Feb. 23. The Blue Devils host first place Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. The Pioneers are 19-7 overall and 16-0 in Northeast Conference play. CCSU can clinch the #2 seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament with a win.