The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to Quinnipiac by a score of 63-53 on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils (11-11, 5-6 NEC) and Bobcats (20-2, 11-0 NEC) played a physical contest with both teams playing hard under the basket. Performance at the free throw line was critical for both teams as 47 total fouls were called in the game.
With her first points of the game senior Jaclyn Babe reached the 1,000 point mark for her career.
CCSU and Quinnipiac played a close first half with the Bobcats taking a 29-24 lead into the break.
Quinnipiac opened the game with a 4-0 run, but the Blue Devils were able to tie the game with baskets by senior Kirsten Daamen and junior Jessica Babe. Unfortunatly, Quinnipiac followed with a 9-2 run that opened up a seven point lead with 10:31 left in the period. CCSU was not able to get closer than a three-point deficit over the remainder of the period.
In the second half, CCSU used a 6-2 run to close to a single point, but Quinnipiac answered with a 9-2 run. The Blue Devils would close the gap to two points again later in the period, but the Bobcats maintained the lead throughout the second half.
Jaclyn Babe's 1,000th career point came on a jumper at the 10:17 mark of the first half. Babe finished the game with 1,011 points for her career. She has scored 820 points with CCSU and had 191 during her first two years of college when she played at Duquesne.
Jessica Babe had a double-double for the Blue Devils with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It is her second double-double of the season. Babe's 11 points were two behind her sister's team-high 13.
Junior Lauren Arbogast with seven points and eight rebounds was CCSU's next leading scorer.
CCSU excelled at the free throw line in the game. The Blue Devils connected on 18-of-25 attempts, including a perfect 10-of-14 in the second half.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday at Mount St. Mary's. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. and can be seen live on Cox (CT), ESPN3.com and on a delay on Fox College Sports.