Blue Devils Edge New Hampshire, 64-58

Blue Devils Edge New Hampshire, 64-58

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team edged the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 64-58, in a back-and-forth second half at Lundholm Gymnasium.  The Blue Devils improve to 4-2 with the victory over the Wildcats (3-2).

The Blue Devils were led by 20 points from junior Kayla Miller, 12 from senior Amanda Harrington and nine from freshman Camden Musgrave, who scored a team-high eight points in the second half.

CCSU led for the final 14 minutes of the first half and held the advantage until the 11:19 mark of the second period.  From that point the Blue Devils and Wildcats would tie or trade the lead six times over the next two minutes.

CCSU recaptured the lead for good with 9:46 left to play on a pair of free throws by Musgrave.  Harrington followed with a layup on CCSU's next possession.  CCSU would use three-point shooting to pull away and build a 12 point lead with 5:31 to play.  

New Hampshire would eventually chip the lead away to four, but the Blue Devils would hang on for the victory.

Each team committed 27 fouls in the game, which sent the Blue Devils to the line 29 times and the Wildcats 34 times.  CCSU connected on 15-of-29 and UNH was 22-of-34.

The Blue Devils led 36-25 at the half behind 17 points from Miller.  The New York native connected on six-of-ten attempts from the field and also hit on five-of-five free throw attempts in the half.

As a team, the Blue Devils shot 44.8% from the floor in the half, compared to 37.5% for the Wildcats.  CCSU was also better at the line (10-of-13) than New Hampshire (7-of-12).  Neither team made a three-point field goal, with CCSU going 0-for-6 and UNH 0-for-5.

CCSU led by as many as 14 points in the first half.  UNH led just once, after scoring the opening basket, and the game was also only tied once.

Miller's 20 points are a new career-high and the most scored by a Blue Devil this season.  She finished the game 7-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.

Harrington led the Blue Devils with seven rebounds.  She was followed by junior TeJahne Malone with six and Miller with five.

The Blue Devils return to action on Wednesday night against the University of Maine at Detrick Gymansium.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. between the Blue Devils and Blackbears.

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