The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to 4-7 in Northeast Conference play with a 57-43 loss at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. Junior Jaclyn Babe led the Central Connecticut women with 14 points in the game.
The Blue Devils (10-12, 4-7 NEC) had won three-of-four NEC road games heading into Saturday's contest with LIU (16-7, 5-6 NEC).
Central held a five point lead half way through the first period. The Blue Devils built the 16-11 lead behind five points from Jaclyn Babe and four from freshman Kaley Watras. From that point LIU went on a 10-2 run with Central's only points coming on a pair of free throws by Watras.
Watras was Central's leading scorer in the half. She totaled eight points on three field goals and a pair of free throws. Babe also hit three field goals in the half, including a three pointer, giving her seven points before the break.
The Blue Devils opened the second half strong cutting LIU's lead to three points on multiple occasions in the first seven minutes. Four points from junior Kirsten Daamen and four from sophomore Lauren Arbogast helped Central close the deficit to 39-36.
LIU began to pull away again, building a 44-36 lead, before Jaclyn Babe's second three pointer and another basket by Arbogast again cut LIU's lead to three.
Over the final five minutes of play the Blackbirds pulled away, stretching their lead to 14 points and a 57-43 final.
The difference in the game was scoring off the bench, as LIU's bench players out scored Central's reserves 26-0.
Babe finished with 14 points and four steals. Watras also reached double-digits, scoring 10 points. Both players spent more than 39 minutes on the floor in the game.
Daamen added to her NEC lead in blocks by knocking down five shots in the game. She also scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds with three assists in the game.
The Blue Devils return to action on Monday night at St. Francis (NY). The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live free of charge on NortheastConference.tv.