Despite scoring the final 16 points of the game, the Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to Mount St. Mary's by a score of 50-48 on Saturday afternoon. Junior Lauren Arbogast led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Blue Devil (11-12, 5-7 NEC) offense started slowly in both halves with Mount (11-13, 7-6 NEC) opening the game with a 10-2 run. In the second half, the Mountaineers opened with a 6-2 run before head coach Beryl Piper called a time out to stop the momentum.
Unfortunately, Mount was able to put together another run and with 7:26 left in the game the Mountaineers held a 50-32 advantage, but that was the end of the Mount's scoring.
The CCSU defense clamped down and held the Mountaineers scoreless over the final 7:26 of the game. However, Central was not able to overtake the Mountaineers in the final minutes, despite a 16-0 run to close the game.
The Blue Devils had a chance to tie the game, but junior Jessica Babe's last second jumper bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Jessica Babe had a strong statistical game with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Arbogast finished with her second career double-double. Her 18 points came on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
As a team, Central shot just 53.3% (8-15) from the line. The Blue Devils were also 0-4 from behind the three-point arc.
The loss is the Blue Devils fifth in a row and CCSU is now 0-6 in NEC road games this season.
The Blue Devils return to action on Monday afternoon at Wagner. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1 p.m.