Women's Hoop Falls to Monmouth, 59-56

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(Steve McLaughlin Photo)

For the second straight contest the Central Connecticut women's basketball team had the game decided at the buzzer.  The Blue Devils (10-11, 4-6 NEC) fell to Monmouth (12-9, 7-3 NEC) by three points on Monday night.  The 59-56 setback ended in a similar fashion to Central's victory on Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind 9-6 to start the game, the Blue Devils scored nine straight points to take the lead.  A single Mounmouth basket interupted Central's 13-2 run.  Junior Jaclyn Babe and junior Kirsten Daamen did all of Central's scoring during the run.  Babe scored seven points and Daamen scored six, both players went two-of-two from the free throw line over the stretch.

Monmouth was able to close the gap over the final eight minutes of the half, leaving the Blue Devils with a 26-24 lead at the break.

Jaclyn Babe led all scorers with 11 points in the half.  She connected on two-of-five field goal attempts and hit all six of her free throws in the half.  Babe also led all players with six rebounds in the period. 

She finished the day with a game-high nine rebounds and 15 points.

A 10-0 run to start the second half pushed the Blue Devils to a 36-24 lead with 16:24 left in the game, but from there the Hawks began their comeback.  Monmouth tied the score at 48-48 with 5:44 left in the game.

The Blue Devils answered with a layup and a jumper Daamen, but between those shots Monmouth's Alysha Womack hit a three pointer to keep the Hawks within one.  Baskets by junior Jaclyn Babe and freshman Danielle Davis pushed the Blue Devils to 56 points, but the Hawks kept pace with a three pointer and a jumper to tie the game at 56.

Following a timeout, Monmouth inbounded the ball with under five seconds remaining in the game.  The inbound pass was tipped by Jaclyn Babe before it was secured by Alysha Womack who stepped back and hit the go-ahead three pointer with 1.2 seconds on the clock.

Central had one last chance to tie the game. Babe caught the long inbounds pass and put up a shot from the well beyond the three point line.  The shot fell just short, hitting off the front of the rim as time expired.

Daamen finished with a game-high 20 points.  She scored 14 in the second half on seven-of-eleven shooting.  Daamen also blocked four shots, including one exceptional play where she blocked the shot, grabbed the rebound and passed ahead to feed a fast break.  That fast break, gave the Blue Devils a 56-54 lead.

The Blue Devils will return to action on Saturday afternoon at LIU-Brooklyn.  The Blue Devils and Blackbirds will tip-off at 1 p.m.