The Central Connecticut women's basketball team earned a 76-54 victory over Delaware State on Saturday night. The Blue Devils (6-5) scored 40 second half points to turn a five-point halftime lead into a 22-point victory over the Hornets (2-9) in the consolation game of the UM Holiday Tournament. Senior Jaclyn Babe scored 23 points to lead Central's offense.
Jaclyn Babe was named to the UM Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team following the championship game.
The Blue Devils opened the game with a 36-point first half. As a team, Central shot 46.7% from the floor with Jaclyn Babe's 7-of-9 from the field leading the way.
Senior Kirsten Daamen contributed to the Blue Devil offense with five of her six boards coming on the offensive glass. She also chipped in four points. Junior Jessica Babe scored five points and was CCSU's second leading scorer in the period.
The Blue Devils limited the Hornets to 21 second half points. Central shot 53.6% in the second half connecting on 15-of-28 attempts from the field.
Junior Lauren Arbogast and Jessica Babe led Central's offense in the second half with eight points each. Jaclyn Babe and sophomore Kaley Watras were also major contributors after the break with seven points each.
Jessica Babe finished with 13 points and Arbogast also reached double-digits with 10.
Watras finished with a solid line of eight points, six rebounds and six assists.
Junior Jaleen Thomas contributed to CCSU's defense with seven steals. She also had six points and five rebounds.
Daamen grabbed a season-high nine rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
After a poor free throw shooting performance against Miami the Blue Devils rebounded with an impressive 15-of-16 from the line against Delaware State. Jessica Babe led the way at the line hitting 8-of-8 free throws. Jaclyn Babe and sophomore Johnna Fisher were also perfect from the line, both went 2-for-2.
The Blue Devils continued their season long trend of forcing turnovers by forcing 22 in the game, 12 of the 22 came on CCSU steals. The Blue Devils also blocked five shots in the game.
Jaclyn Babe finished the game 10-of-14 from the field. She also surpassed 800 career points with her first basket of the game. She has scored 631 of her points since transferring to CCSU.
With the victory Central finishes its non-conference slate with a 6-5 record. They will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Robert Morris in their Northeast Conference opener.