2010-11 Women's Basketball News

June 2, 2011
Women's Basketball Announces Class of 2015
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2011-12 school year. All four players will be enrolling at CCSU and each will have the opportunity to make an early impact on a young Blue Devil squad that lost a record setting senior class in 2011.

May 17, 2011
Blue Devils Participate in 2011 CT Race in the Park
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team volunteered their time on Saturday May 7, to help with the 2011 CT Race in the Park. The event sponsored by the CT Breast Health Initiative Inc. raised money for breast cancer research and was held in New Britain's Walnut Hill Park.

March 16, 2011
Central Connecticut Wins the NCAA/NEC 'Pack the House' Challenge
Central Connecticut State University was one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I 'Pack the House' Challenge. 'Pack the House' is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance. NCAA Division I women's basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a 'Pack the House' game with the goal of setting an attendance record. One winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions were named. Selections were based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and donate $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution's choice.

March 14, 2011
Senior Justina Udenze Named to the NEC All-Tournament Team
Central Connecticut senior Justina Udenze was named to the Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devil center had 31 points and 19 rebounds in the NEC Tournament. The two games wrapped up a late season run for Udenze in which she averaged 19.25 points over an eight game stretch.

March 8, 2011
Women's Basketball Season Ends in NEC Semifinals
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to St. Francis 68-62 in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals. The Blue Devils were lead by their seniors, as Justina Udenze scored 16 points, Leanne Crockett 14, and Kerrianne Dugan 11. The game went back-and-forth and featured 11 lead changes, but the Red Flash came out on top. The Blue Devils finish the season at 19-11, that mark is best record since the 1989-90 season.

March 7, 2011
Women's Semifinal to Be Streamed Live by Pack Network
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team takes to the road on Tuesday night, playing at top-seed St. Francis (PA) beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be webcast live by the Northeast Conference and the Pack Network at no charge. Fans can follow all of the action live as the #6 seed Blue Devils look for their second straight upset in this season's tournament. The Blue Devils are making their third straight appearance in the semifinals, and are looking for their first-ever trip to the NEC Final.

March 5, 2011
Women's Basketball Drops Sacred Heart to Advance to NEC Semifinals
Seniors Leanne Crockett and Justina Udenze combined for 20 of the Blue Devils 27 points in the second half as the Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Sacred Heart, 54-49, in the opening round of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Blue Devils improve to 19-10 on the season, they advance to the NEC Semifinals for the third consecutive season.

March 1, 2011
Senior Justina Udenze Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week
Central Connecticut senior Justina Udenze was named Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Devil center has been dominating the NEC over the last six games and she continued that trend this weekend, totaling 42 points over two games.

February 28, 2011
Crockett Sinks Terriers with Late Three
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a win at St. Francis (NY) on Monday night. The Blue Devils and Terriers went back and forth the entire game, but with 2:25 left senior Leanne Crockett knocked down a three pointer that proved to be the difference. Senior Justine Udenze scored a game-high 23 points and Crockett recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Blue Devils 57-54 victory improves them to 18-10 on the season.

February 26, 2011
Women's Basketball Drops LIU in 68-62 Thriller
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Long Island University, 68-62, on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils improve to 17-10 with the win and 10-7 in Northeast Conference play. Seniors Justina Udenze and Alexzandria Dowdy each scored 19 points for the Blue Devils in the win.

February 21, 2011
Udenze Records Double-Double, Blue Devils Fall to Sacred Heart
Senior center Justina Udenze put on a show on senior night at Detrick Gym, but it was not enough as the Blue Devils fell to the Pioneers of Sacred Heart, 71-55. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 16-10 on the season and 9-7 in Northeast Conference action. Udenze led the Blue Devils with 23 points and 19 rebounds. Freshman Jessica Babe contributed a career-high 14 points.

February 19, 2011
Women's Basketball Drops Bobcats on Crockett's Late Threes
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team ran its winning streak to three in a row with a 61-58 victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Blue Devils to 16-9 on the season and 9-6 in Northeast Conference action. Senior Leanne Crockett hit a pair of three pointers in the final two minutes of the game to help the Blue Devils push past Quinnipiac in what proved to be a back and forth second half.

February 14, 2011
Dowdy Makes Nine Steals, Blue Devils Drop Bulldogs 61-53
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team completed the season sweep of Bryant with a 61-53 victory on Monday night. The win improved the Blue Devils to 15-9 on the season and 8-6 in Northeast Conference action. The Blue Devils also improved to 9-1 at home this season. Senior center Justina Udenze continued to dominate the Bulldogs scoring 17 points. Junior Alexzandria Dowdy made nine steals tying a CCSU game record.

February 12, 2011
Udenze and Crockett Power Blue Devils to 78-70 Victory
Seniors Justina Udenze and Leanne Crockett combined for 50 points to power the Central Connecticut women's basketball team to a 78-70 victory over Bryant. The Blue Devils improved to 14-9 on the season and 7-6 in Northeast Conference action. Udenze dropped in a career high 29 points and Crockett posted a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds.

February 7, 2011
Women's Hoops Falls to St. Francis 68-51
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to St. Francis 68-51 on Monday night. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 6-6 in Northeast Conference play and 13-9 overall this season. Central got 12 points from senior Kerrianne Dugan and nine points from senior Leanne Crockett.

February 5, 2011
Crockett Breaks Central's Career Three Pointer Record
Central Connecticut senior Leanne Crockett became the Blue Devils all-time leader in three pointers on Saturday as the Blue Devils fell to Robert Morris, 54-51. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 13-8 on the season and 5-5 in Northeast Conference action. Crockett finished the game with 10 points, including a pair of threes which gave her 144 for her career, one more than Vicki Guarneri who has held the record since 1999.

February 1, 2011
Highlights of Women?s Hoop?s Victory Available on YouTube
Highlights of the Central Connecticut women's basketball team's victory over Mount St. Mary's are now available on YouTube. The Blue Devils dropped the Mountaineers last night, 57-49, in the Northeast Conference Game of the Week, broadcast live on NortheastConference.tv.

January 31, 2011
Watch Live as Women's Basketball Takes on Mount St. Mary's
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will host Mount St. Mary's on Monday night in the Northeast Conference Game of the Week. You can catch all the action live on NortheastConference.tv, Matt Harmon and former Seton Hall coach Phyllis Mangina will be calling all the action. The NEC has partnered with the Pack Network to bring women's basketball fans an NEC Game of the Week free of charge.

January 31, 2011
Women's Basketball Defeats Mount 57-49
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Mount St. Mary's 57-49 on Monday night. The win runs the Blue Devils winning streak to five games, matching the streak they had to open the season. The Blue Devils are now 6-4 in Northeast Conference play this season and 13-7 overall. Junior Alexzandria Dowdy did it all for the Blue Devils scoring 18 points in a season high 38 minutes of action.

January 29, 2011
Women's Basketball Tops Wagner for Fourth Straight NEC Win
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Wagner 65-52 on Saturday afternoon. The victory pushes the Blue Devils to 5-4 in Northeast Conference play and 12-7 overall on the season. The Blue Devils were led by 14 points from junior Alexzandria Dowdy and 12 from senior Justina Udenze.

January 24, 2011
Blue Devils Defeat Monmouth with Defense
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Monmouth 48-45 on Monday night. The win puts the Blue Devils at 4-4 in NEC play and improves their overall record to 11-7 on the season. Junior Gabrielle Oglesby scored a game-high 14 points on 6-11 shooting.

January 22, 2011
Women's Basketball Drops Fairleigh Dickinson 57-29
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University by a score of 57-29, on Saturday afternoon. The 28 point margin of victory was the largest for the Central women since Nov. 30, 2002, when they defeated Lamar 62-32. The win pushes the Blue Devils to 10-7 on the season and 3-4 in Northeast Conference action. The Blue Devils were led by three players who scored in double-figures.

January 17, 2011
Blue Devils Earn Road Victory at Sacred Heart
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Sacred Heart for the third straight time on Monday night. The Blue Devils earned their second consecutive victory in the William H. Pitt Center, 65-62. Junior Gabrielle Oglesby had a game-high 16 points including 12 of the Blue Devils final 14 points in the game. The Blue Devils are now 9-7 on the season and improve to 2-4 in Northeast Conference action.

January 15, 2011
Women's Basketball Falls to Quinnipiac at the Buzzer
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell on the road to Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. Quinnipiac's Felicia Barron hit a three point shot at the buzzer to give the Bobcats the 76-75 victory. The Blue Devils fall to 8-7 on the season and 1-4 in Northeast Conference action. Quinnipiac improves to 4-1 in conference play.

January 10, 2011
Blue Devils Run Away From Terriers
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team used a 35 point second half to defeat the Terriers of St. Francis (NY) 53-33, on Monday night. The Blue Devils improve to 8-6 on the season and 1-3 in Northeast Conference action. Senior Leanne Crockett scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half as the Blue Devils ran away with the game.

January 8, 2011
Women's Basketball Drops NEC Home Opener to Long Island
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to Long Island by a score of 63-51, on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 0-3 in Northeast Conference play and 7-6 overall on the season. It was the first home loss of the season for either of the Blue Devil basketball teams. Senior Kerrianne Dugan led the Blue Devils with 16 points in a game-high 37 minutes.

January 2, 2011
Women's Basketball Falls to #6 West Virginia
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell on the road at #6 West Virginia on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils trailed the Mountaineers 23-20 at the break but West Virginia pulled away in the second half for a 63-37 victory. The Blue Devils were led by 11 points from senior Kerrianne Dugan and eight rebounds from senior Leanne Crockett. The Blue Devils fall to 7-5 in their final non-conference game of the season.

December 31, 2010
Crockett's Career Day Leads the Blue Devils to a 78-66 Victory
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team finished 2010 with a victory over St. Peter's College. Senior Leanne Crockett set a CCSU single game record by grabbing 25 rebounds, she also contributed 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes played. The Blue Devils improve to 7-4 on the season with the 78-66 victory, the Peahens fall to 0-11 on the season with the loss.

December 29, 2010
Women's Basketball Falls to Samford in Holiday Classic Opener
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to Samford 76-57 on Wednesday evening, the game was the opening contest of the St. Peter's Holiday Classic. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 6-4 on the season, the Bulldogs improve to 8-3 with the victory. The Blue Devils were led by 17 points from senior Justina Udenze.

December 28, 2010
Women?s Basketball Announces Schedule Change
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team has changed its schedule for this week because of the winter weather. Central, Mississippi, and Samford were set to participate in St. Peter's College Holiday Classic this week, but due to the winter storm Mississippi will not be able to travel to New Jersey for the Tournament.

December 22, 2010
Women's Basketball Falls 51-46 at Fairleigh Dickinson
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell 51-46 at Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 6-3 on the season and 0-2 in Northeast Conference action. Junior Gabrielle Oglesby and Senior Justina Udenze led the team with 15 points each.

December 20, 2010
Senior Kerrianne Dugan Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week
Central Connecticut senior Kerrianne Dugan was named Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. Dugan scored a team season-high 26 points in the Blue Devils, 61-48, win against New Hampshire on Sunday. Her 26 points also matched her career-high which she set on Jan. 12, 2008 against Mount St. Mary's. Dugan's 26 was the highest single game total for any NEC scorer this week.

December 19, 2010
Dugan's 26 Leads Women's Basketball Past New Hampshire 61-48
Senior Kerrianne Dugan tied a career-high with 26 points as the Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated New Hampshire 61-48. The Blue Devils are now 6-2 on the season and remain perfect in Detrick Gym with thier third home win of the season. The Blue Devils trailed 36-32 at the half, but allowed the Wildcats only 12 points after the break.

December 9, 2010
Women's Basketball Falls 56-43 in NEC Opener
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell on the road Thursday 56-43 at Monmouth. The Blue Devils fall to 0-1 in Northeast Conference action and 5-2 overall on the season. The Hawks improve to 6-2 and 1-0 in the conference with the win. Sophomore Jameilia Dillon led the Blue Devils with 10 points.

December 5, 2010
Winning Streak Comes to an End at Rutgers
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team was defeated 73-32 by Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils fall for the first time this season and now sit at 5-1 entering Northeast Conference play. Rutgers improves to 5-3 with the victory. Senior Kerrianne Dugan had a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils.

December 1, 2010
2010-11 Women's Basketball Media Guide
2010-11 Women's Basketball Media Guide

December 1, 2010
Women's Basketball Moves to 5-0 With 68-65 Overtime Win at Holy Cross on Wednesday Night
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team continued its best start in the Division I era with a 68-65 overtime victory on the road at Holy Cross on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils are now 5-0 on the season after their second straight win in overtime. Sophomore Kirsten Daamen scored a career-high 17 points while senior Kerianne Dugan added a season-high 19 points in the victory. The 5-0 start is the best for the Blue Devils since the 1984-85 season when they also started 5-0.

November 27, 2010
Women's Basketball Comes From Behind to Defeat Siena 57-48 in OT
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Siena 57-48 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Blue Devils to 4-0 on the season, it is the first such start for the Blue Devils since the 1985-86 season. The Blue Devils battled back into the game with a strong second half defensive performance led by junior Alexzandria Dowdy. Solid free throw shooting in overtime allowed the Blue Devils to pull out the 57-48 victory.

November 23, 2010
Women's Basketball 3-0 for the First Time in 25 Years After Win at Maine
The Central Connecticut women's basketball is 3-0 for the first time in 25 years after a 62-57 win over Maine on the road on Tuesday night. The win, the first road win of the season for CCSU, came after a solid defensive effort for the Blue Devils. They held Maine to just three second half field goals in the victory, and outrebounded the Black Bears 49-30. CCSU last started 3-0 in 1986-87, the first year of Division I at the school. Central returns to action on Saturday at Siena at 2 p.m.

November 17, 2010
Women's Basketball Tops Brown on Wednesday Night
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated the Bears of Brown University 52-44 on Wednesday night. The win pushes the Blue Devils to 2-0 on the season, and Brown falls to 0-2 with the loss. The Blue Devils were led by 12 points and nine rebounds from senior Kerrianne Dugan.

November 12, 2010
Women's Basketball Opens Season With 46-41 Home Victory Over Hartford
Senior Justina Udenze scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Central Connecticut State University women's basketball team opened the season with a 46-41 home victory over Hartford on Friday night. The win is the first season-opening win for the Blue Devils since the 1999-2000 season. Central is now 1-0, and plays at home again next Wednesday night vs. Brown at 7 p.m.

November 4, 2010
Women's Basketball Picked to Finish Seventh in NEC Preseason Coaches Poll
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team was selected to finished seventh in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils return four starters from last seasons team which reached the NEC Tournament Semifinals. Long Island University was picked first in the poll.