The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Bryant 75-62 on the road on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils (9-10, 3-5 NEC) scored 38 second half points to earn the 13 point victory. Junior Jaclyn Babe scored a game-high 28 points including 17 in the first half.
Jaclyn Babe's 17 first half points helped the Blue Devils take an early lead. Babe scored seven of Central's first 17 points, including her team's only three point basket of the period. Babe also gave the Blue Devils their biggest lead of the half, a 15 point advantage, when she hit a pair of free throws with 4:38 left in the half.
Central's lead was the result of an 11-0 run that begin with Babe's three pointers and ended with a turnaround jumper by junior Kirsten Daamen. Over that five minute stretch the Blue Devils built a 23-12 lead out of a 12-12 tie.
Freshman Kaley Watras hit three-of-four shots in the half for six points. She also contributed four assists and a pair of steals.
After the break, Bryant climbed back into the game by scoring three quick baskets to cut the lead to 39-38 before tying the game at 43-43.
Once Bryant tied the game junior Brooke Bailey dominated play. Bailey scored nine straight points to give the Blue Devils a 50-43 lead.
Following Bailey's run, Jaclyn Babe scored six straight points. Babe pushed the Central lead to 56-43 with just under eight minutes left in the game.
Bailey and Babe's 15-0 run gave the Blue Devils a comfortable lead. Bryant continued to challenge the Blue Devils, but the Bulldogs were never able to make a significant run to tie the game or take the lead.
Junior Jameilia Dillon provided the offense for Central down the stretch. Dillon scored six of her 10 points in the final minutes of the game.
Dillon, Babe and Watras all knocked down free throws in the final 1:30 of play to ice the game.
Babe and Bailey each posted a career-high for points with 28 and 18, respectively. Watras (11) and Dillon (10) also scored in double-digits in the game.
Dillon fell a single rebound short of her first career double-double. Her nine rebounds are a career-high.
Daamen blocked two shots in the game. She is now tied with Justina Udenze for the program's career record of 114 blocked shots.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday when they host Fairleigh Dickinson. That game will tip-off from Detrick Gym at 1 p.m.