2009-10 Women's Basketball News

May 17, 2010
Emily Rose and P.J. Wade Earn Academic Accolades
CCSU seniors Emily Rose and P.J. Wade have had successful careers on the court for the Blue Devils' women's basketball team. Both natives of the state of Virginia, Rose and Wade have been roommates since their sophomore year at Central Connecticut. What the pair also has in common is achieving tremendous success in the classroom during their four years in New Britain.

March 7, 2010
CCSU Falls to LIU 61-55 In Northeast Conference Semifinals
Central Connecticut outscored Long Island 34-27 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a 13 point halftime deficit as the Blue Devils fell to the Blackbirds in the Northeast Conference semifinals in Loretto, PA this afternoon. Junior Leanne Crockett and sophomore Alexzandria Dowdy led CCSU with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Central finishes the season with an overall record of 12-18 after falling in the NEC semifinals for the second straight season.

March 6, 2010
Central Tops Sacred Heart 63-51 to Advance to Northeast Conference Semifinals
The Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team advanced to the Northeast Conference Semifinals for the second straight season with a 63-51 quarterfinal victory over Sacred Heart Saturday night in Loretto, PA. Junior Justina Udenze scored 17 points and a career high 18 rebounds, while junior Leanne Crockett recorded 17 points and 13 boards in the victory. Junior Kerrianne Dugan scored her 1,000th career point during first half action. The Blue Devils will now take on second seed Long Island Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

March 2, 2010
In the Paint: Back to the NEC Tournament
In this week's episode of In the Paint, Central Connecticut State University head women's basketball coach Beryl Piper sits #$%^down to discuss last weekend's games against Long Island and St. Francis (NY). She also touches on junior Kerrianne Dugan's quest for 1,000 points and takes a look at the Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinal game against Sacred Heart. Central Connecticut is now 11-17 on the season and finished 8-10 in NEC action to clinch the sixth seed in the tournament. CCSU takes on the Pioneers for the third time this season at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday March 6. The quarterfinals and Sunday's semifinals will take place at St. Francis (PA) in Loretto, PA.

February 27, 2010
Women's Hoops Earns Sixth Seed in NEC Tournament With 64-59 Win
Junior Justina Udenze led Central Connecticut State University with 18 points and added seven rebounds as the Blue Devils defeated St. Francis (NY) by a score of 64-59 on the road Saturday afternoon. CCSU finishes regular season play with an overall record of 11-17 and will be the sixth seed in next weekend's Northeast Conference Tournament with a league mark of 8-10.

February 25, 2010
Crockett Scores 22 In Home Loss to Long Island
Junior Leanne Crockett scored 22 points, connecting on a career-best six three-pointers, but Central Connecticut State #$%^University (10-17, 7-10 NEC) fell to Long Island (19-9, 13-4 NEC) by a score of 73-61 at home Thursday night. Crockett also #$%^finished with 12 rebounds to tally her team-leading eighth double-double of the season. Her six three-pointers tie her for the #$%^third best three-point performance in a single-game for a CCSU player.

February 20, 2010
Dugan, Crockett Lead Central Past Wagner 60-45
Juniors Kerrianne Dugan and Leanne Crockett both recorded double-doubles as Central Connecticut State University (10-16, 7-9 NEC) defeated Wagner (9-18, 6-10 NEC) by a score of 60-45 on the road Saturday. Dugan led the Blue Devils with 16 points and added 10 rebounds, while Crockett scored 15 points on four three-pointers, grabbed 10 boards and picked up five steals.

February 18, 2010
Udenze Blocks Six In Loss at The Mount
The Blue Devils outscored the Mountaineers 15-4 over the first 10:32 of the second half, but it was not enough for the victory as Central Connecticut State University (9-16, 6-9) fell to Mount St. Mary's (9-16, 5-10) by a score of 55-45 on the road Saturday. Junior Justina Udenze led CCSU with 12 points, while adding nine rebounds and a season-best six blocks. The junior moved into second place in Central Connecticut annals for career blocks with 84 her in three seasons. She passed former Blue Devils Donna Fiedorowicz who totaled 79 during her career in New Britain.

February 13, 2010
CCSU Women Fall to St. Francis (PA) at Home
The Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell to 9-15 on the season and 6-8 in Northeast Conference play, dropping a 64-45 home decision to St. Francis (PA) Saturday afternoon. Junior Kerrianne Dugan led the Blue Devils with 12 points and seven rebounds, while senior P.J. Wade added 11 points in her 114th career game for Central Connecticut. Wade has played in every game of her four year career at CCSU and today broke the school record for game played in a career, passing Gabriella Guegbelet who played 113 from 2003-2007.

February 11, 2010
Udenze Records Fourth Double-Double In Home Loss to RMU
Central Connecticut State University outshot Robert Morris by a mark of 41.2 percent to 31.5 percent from the field, but the Colonials recorded 26 offensive rebounds and turned the Blue Devils over 24 times as CCSU (9-14, 6-7 NEC) fell to RMU (17-17, 12-1 NEC) by a score of 63-53 at home Thursday night. Junior Justina Udenze led Central with 17 points and 10 rebounds, recording her fourth double-double of the season in the defeat.

February 6, 2010
CCSU Tops Bryant at Home, 73-59
Juniors Kerrianne Dugan and Justina Udenze scored a combined 41 points and went 15-22 from the free throw line as Central Connecticut State University defeated Bryant (10-13, 7-5 NEC) by a score of 73-59 at home on Saturday afternoon. Dugan led the Blue Devils with a season high 23 points and hit 7-11 from the charity stripe, while Udenze added 18 points on 8-11 free throw shooting. CCSU improves to 9-13 on the season and 6-6 in Northeast Conference action.

February 4, 2010
Blue Devils Fall to Bryant On the Road, 80-71
Four Blue Devils finished in double figures, but Central Connecticut State University dropped an 80-71 decision on the road against Bryant on Thursday. Senior P.J. Wade led the way with 15 points, while juniors Kerrianne Dugan and Justina Udenze as well as sophomore Alexzandria Dowdy each chipped in 13 points in the defeat. Central falls to 8-13 on the season and 5-6 in Northeast Conference play, while Bryant improves to 10-12 overall and 7-4 in conference action.

January 30, 2010
Crockett, Dugan Lead Women's Hoops Past FDU, 79-61
Junior Leanne Crockett led CCSU with a career best 26 points and junior Kerrianne Dugan recorded the first Blue Devil double-double from points and assists since 1994 as Central Connecticut State University (8-12, 5-5) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson (6-15, 2-8) by a score of 79-61 at home Saturday afternoon. Crockett didn't miss a shot from the field, going 9-9 from the floor and 4-4 from beyond the arc. Dugan was only one rebound shy of the first ever triple-double in CCSU's Division I history. The junior forward netted 19 points, dealt out a career high 11 assists and grabbed a game best nine rebounds.

January 28, 2010
Dugan Leads Central In 52-44 Loss to Monmouth
Junior Kerrianne Dugan scored 17 points, including 11 out of the last 16 Blue Devil points, but Central Connecticut State University dropped a 52-44 decision at home to Monmouth on Thursday. Dugan added five rebounds and three assists in the defeat as CCSU falls to 7-12 overall and 4-5 in Northeast Conference play. Monmouth improves to 10-10 on the season and 5-4 in the NEC.

January 23, 2010
Blue Devils Top Quinnipiac In Overtime Thriller
A three-pointer by senior Emily Rose gave Central Connecticut State University a 73-70 lead with 1:17 to play in overtime and the Blue Devils went on to defeat Quinnipiac 78-70 on the road Saturday. It marked the first win by Central over the Bobcats in the last 19 meetings. Rose, who wears number 22, celebrated her 22nd birthday with a season high 12 points, including five in the overtime period alone.

January 21, 2010
Blue Devils Snap Sacred Heart's 27 Game Northeast Conference Win Streak
Four Blue Devils scored in double figures for the first time this season as Central Connecticut State University (6-11, 3-4) snapped Sacred Heart's (13-5, 6-1) 27 game win streak against Northeast Conference opponents with a 67-64 victory on the road. Junior Leanne Crockett led Central with season highs of 20 points and four three-pointers as CCSU broke a 17 game losing streak against the Pioneers. Alexzandria Dowdy tallied 14 points, seven assists and three steals, while juniors Kerrianne Dugan and Justina Udenze chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

January 16, 2010
Late Run Not Enough As Central Falls to Sacred Heart, 54-49
Sophomore Alexzandria Dowdy scored a game high 16 points and juniors Justina Udenze and Leanne Crockett each recorded double-doubles, but Central Connecticut State University fell to Sacred Heart 54-49 at home Saturday afternoon. Udenze tallied 14 points and 13 boards, while Crockett finished with 12 and 10, respectively in the defeat. The Blue Devils fall to 5-11 and 2-4 in Northeast Conference play, while the Pioneeers, last year's NEC Champion, improves to 13-4 and 6-0 in league play.

January 14, 2010
Women's Hoops Falls At Home To Quinnipiac, 56-45
Sophomore Alexzandria Dowdy scored a season-best 12 points and knocked down two three-pointers for the first time in her career, but Central Connecticut State University dropped a 56-45 home decision to Quinnipiac Thursday evening. The Blue Devils fall to 5-10 overall and 2-3 in Northeast Conference play, while the Bobcats improve to 9-7 and 4-1 in the NEC.

January 9, 2010
Udenze's Late Free Throws Lead Central Past FDU, 76-73
Junior Justina Udenze scored a career high 20 points, including five free throws in the final 33 seconds of the game, to lead Central Connecticut State University to a 76-73 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson (5-9, 1-2) on Saturday. Senior P.J. Wade added a season-best 18 points, on 7-10 shooting, to help CCSU improve to 5-9 overall and 2-2 in Northeast Conference play.

January 7, 2010
Blue Devils Drop 79-62 Decision at Monmouth
Junior Kerrianne Dugan scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists, but Central Connecticut State University dropped a 79-62 decision at Northeast Conference foe Monmouth on Thursday afternoon. The Blue Devils shot 49.0 percent from the floor, but allowed the Hawks to shoot 59.6 percent overall and 54.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. CCSU falls to 4-9 on the season and 1-2 in the NEC.

January 5, 2010
Women's Hoops Game Time Changes
Two home games on the Central Connecticut State University women's basketball schedule have had start times moved up. #$%^The Blue Devils were scheduled to host Quinnipiac on January 14 at 5:00 p.m. and Monmouth on January 28 at 5:00 p.m. Both #$%^games will be moved up to 4:30 p.m.

January 4, 2010
Udenze and Dugan Lead Central Past St. Francis (NY), 69-51
Juniors Justina Udenze and Kerrianne Dugan each recorded double-doubles as Central Connecticut State University defeated St. Francis (NY) by a score of 69-51 at home on Monday night. Udenze tallied game highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Dugan scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards. The Blue Devils improved to 4-8 on the season and are back to even in Northeast Conference play with a 1-1 mark. The Terriers fall to 1-11 overall and 0-2 in the NEC.

December 30, 2009
Blue Devils Upended By NJIT In Second Game at Hilton Garden Classic
Sophomore Gabrielle Oglesby and junior Justina Udenze scored 14 and 12 points off the bench, respectively, but Central Connecticut State University was upended by New Jersey Institute of Technology by a score 69-66 in the consolation of the Hilton Garden Classic at Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils outscored the Highlanders 43-18 in bench points, but fell to 3-8 on the season with the loss. NJIT improved to 4-8 with the victory.

December 29, 2009
Dugan Shines As Blue Devils Fall to Charlotte at Hilton Garden Classic
Junior Kerrianne Dugan and sophomore Alexzandria Dowdy scored season highs of 19 and 11 points, respectively, but Central Connecticut State University (3-7) dropped a 66-51 decision to Charlotte (6-6) in the opening game of the Hilton Garden Classic at Virginia Tech. Sophomore Shontice Simmons added 10 points, six assists and three rebounds in the defeat.

December 20, 2009
Blue Devils Lead At Half; Drop 62-53 Decision at Rutgers
Junior Kerrianne Dugan scored 12 points and added seven rebounds a four assists, but Central Connecticut State University faltered late and was defeated by Rutgers on the road by a score of 62-53. The Blue Devils fall to 3-6 on the season, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 8-5 overall.

December 10, 2009
Udenze Leads Blue Devils to 60-48 Win at New Hampshire
Junior Justina Udenze recorded her first double-double of the season as the Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team defeated New Hampshire 60-48 on the road Thursday evening. The forward scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, including 10 and 10 during second half play to lead Central to victory. Central improves to 3-5 on the season, while New Hampshire falls to 3-5.

December 5, 2009
Women's Hoops Falls to LIU 67-60 On the Road
Three players scored in double figures and sophomore Gabrielle Oglesby tied a career high 10 rebounds, but Central Connecticut State University fell to Long Island by a score of 67-60 on the road Saturday afternoon. Junior Kerrianne Dugan led the Blue Devils with 13 points and added nine rebounds in the defeat. CCSU falls to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast Conference, while the Blackbirds improve to 5-3 and 1-0 in NEC play.

December 2, 2009
Women's Hoops Falls to Rhode Island, 64-52
Junior Kerrianne Dugan and freshman Brooke Bailey each tallied 12 points, but Central Connecticut State University fell to Rhode #$%^Island by a score of 64-52 at home on Wednesday night. It was Dugan's third double digit scoring performance of the season, #$%^while Bailey reached double figures for the first time in her young career at Central. CCSU falls to 2-4 on the season while the #$%^Rams improve to 3-4 overall.

November 28, 2009
Dugan and Crockett Lead Blue Devils Past Colgate, 61-43
Juniors Kerrianne Dugan and Leanne Crockett both recorded double-doubles to lead Central Connecticut State University (2-3) to a 61-43 road victory over Colgate (5-1) on Saturday afternoon. Dugan led the Blue Devils' with game highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Crockett tallied 12 points and 10 boards for her fourth double-double in five games this season.

November 24, 2009
Piper Announces Two NLIs For 2010-11 Season
Central Connecticut State University women's basketball head coach Beryl Piper announced two National Letter of Intent signings for the 2010-11 season. Jess Babe and Lauren Arbogast comitted to CCSU during the early signing period. Both hailing from Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA, Babe is a 5-7 point guard, while Arbogast is a 6-3 center.

November 21, 2009
Simmons Scores 19 In Blue Devils' 62-59 Loss at Brown
Junior Leanne Crockett recorded her third double-double in four games, while sophomore Shontice Simmons tallied a game high 19 points, but Central Connecticut State University (1-3) fell to Brown University (1-2) by a score of 62-59 on Saturday night in Providence. Crockett tallied 16 points, on three three-point baskets, and 13 rebounds for her double-double. Simmons connected on four threes in the first half to get the Blue Devils out to a 34-28 hafltime lead.

November 18, 2009
Central Gets Home Victory Over Fordham, 64-57
Kerrianne Dugan scored 17 points and recorded five rebounds as Central Connecticut State University got its first win of the season, defeating Fordham at home 64-57. The junior forward also tallied two assists and three steal in the victory. Sophomore Shontice Simmons added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Blue Devils improved to 1-2 on the season.

November 16, 2009
Crockett Records Career High 16 Rebounds In 55-50 Loss to Holy Cross
Junior Leanne Crockett recorded her second straight double-double, but Central Connecticut State University dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 55-50 home loss to Holy Cross on Monday night. Crockett's 17 points were a team high and her 16 rebounds a career best. Sophomore point guard Shontice Simmons chipped in with 11 points, five assists and five steals in the defeat.

November 13, 2009
Women's Basketball Drops Season Opener 61-58 at Maine
Junior Leanne Crockett and sophomore Shontice Simmons each scored 16 points, but Central Connecticut State University fell to Maine by a score of 61-58 on a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game. Crockett and Simmons recorded 11 and seven rebounds, respectively for a Blue Devil team that outscored Maine 41-33 in the second half, but came up short and opened the season 0-1.

November 5, 2009
Central Picked Third, Dugan Earns Preseason All-Northeast Conference Honors
The Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll, announced Thursday. It was also announced that Junior Kerrianne Dugan, a second team All-NEC selection a year ago, was named to the five-member NEC preseason All-Conference Team. Dugan and the Blue Devils had the best turnaround in the NCAA last season, winning 18 games and reaching the Women's National Invitational Tournament for the first time in school history.

September 1, 2009
CCSU Women's Basketball Releases 2009-10 Schedule
The Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team released its 2009-10 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. Head #$%^Coach Beryl Piper will lead the Blue Devils in 18 conference games and 10 non-conference contests in her third season at the #$%^helm. CCSU opens the season on the road at the University of Maine on Friday November 13. The Blue Devils will open up at #$%^home when they host Holy Cross on Monday November 16 at Detrick Gymnasium.