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.
The Blue Devils trailed 39-31 with 6:53 on the clock following a three-point basket from Hartford's Jackie Smith. They answered in a big way, outscoring the Hawks 15-2 to end the game and come away with the victory.
The win for the Blue Devils is the first against the Hawks since the 1997-98 season.
The Blue Devils held the Hawks to 22.4 percent shooting from the floor in the victory. Hartford was just 4-of-24 from the field in the first half, and 13-of-58 for the game. Central led 20-17 at the break.
But the Hawks answered in the second half, building the lead to as many as eight with just under seven minutes to play. The Blue Devil defense led the 15-2 run, forcing the Hawks to miss 12 of their final 13 shots in the game. During the same run the Blue Devils hit 5-of-9 shots from the field, including their final four shots of the game.
Udenze led the offense with a game-high 13 points. She added 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Classmate Leanne Crockett added eight points and a game-high 13 boards, the 24th time in the last three seasons she has recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game.
Junior Gabrielle Oglesby added eight points and six rebounds for Central, who outrebounded the Hawks 53-43 in the game.
Central returns to action next Wednesday night hosting Brown beginning at 7 p.m.
June 2, 2011 Women's Basketball Announces Class of 2015
May 17, 2011 Blue Devils Participate in 2011 CT Race in the Park
March 14, 2011 Senior Justina Udenze Named to the NEC All-Tournament Team
March 8, 2011 Women's Basketball Season Ends in NEC Semifinals
March 7, 2011 Women's Semifinal to Be Streamed Live by Pack Network
February 28, 2011 Crockett Sinks Terriers with Late Three
February 26, 2011 Women's Basketball Drops LIU in 68-62 Thriller
February 21, 2011 Udenze Records Double-Double, Blue Devils Fall to Sacred Heart
February 19, 2011 Women's Basketball Drops Bobcats on Crockett's Late Threes
February 14, 2011 Dowdy Makes Nine Steals, Blue Devils Drop Bulldogs 61-53
February 12, 2011 Udenze and Crockett Power Blue Devils to 78-70 Victory
February 7, 2011 Women's Hoops Falls to St. Francis 68-51
February 5, 2011 Crockett Breaks Central's Career Three Pointer Record
February 1, 2011 Highlights of Women?s Hoop?s Victory Available on YouTube
January 31, 2011 Watch Live as Women's Basketball Takes on Mount St. Mary's
January 31, 2011 Women's Basketball Defeats Mount 57-49
January 29, 2011 Women's Basketball Tops Wagner for Fourth Straight NEC Win
January 24, 2011 Blue Devils Defeat Monmouth with Defense
January 22, 2011 Women's Basketball Drops Fairleigh Dickinson 57-29
January 17, 2011 Blue Devils Earn Road Victory at Sacred Heart
January 15, 2011 Women's Basketball Falls to Quinnipiac at the Buzzer
January 10, 2011 Blue Devils Run Away From Terriers
January 8, 2011 Women's Basketball Drops NEC Home Opener to Long Island
January 2, 2011 Women's Basketball Falls to #6 West Virginia
December 31, 2010 Crockett's Career Day Leads the Blue Devils to a 78-66 Victory
December 29, 2010 Women's Basketball Falls to Samford in Holiday Classic Opener
December 28, 2010 Women?s Basketball Announces Schedule Change
December 22, 2010 Women's Basketball Falls 51-46 at Fairleigh Dickinson
December 20, 2010 Senior Kerrianne Dugan Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week
December 19, 2010 Dugan's 26 Leads Women's Basketball Past New Hampshire 61-48
December 9, 2010 Women's Basketball Falls 56-43 in NEC Opener
December 5, 2010 Winning Streak Comes to an End at Rutgers
December 1, 2010 2010-11 Women's Basketball Media Guide
November 27, 2010 Women's Basketball Comes From Behind to Defeat Siena 57-48 in OT
November 23, 2010 Women's Basketball 3-0 for the First Time in 25 Years After Win at Maine
November 17, 2010 Women's Basketball Tops Brown on Wednesday Night
November 12, 2010 Women's Basketball Opens Season With 46-41 Home Victory Over Hartford