The Central Connecticut women's basketball team trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but came from behind to win for the fifth time in the last six games, topping LIU Brooklyn 75-70 on Monday night in New Britain. With the victory the Blue Devils move to 9-8 overall and 5-1 in Northeast Conference play. LIU falls to 5-12 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Central had been 0-6 on the season when trailing at the half prior to Monday night. The trailed by nine, 41-32, at halftime. In the second half Central used a solid shooting performance and key free-throw shooting in the final minute of the game to come away with the victory. Central finished the game 23-of-30 from the line in the game.
Senior Amanda Harrington posted her second straight double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while junior TeJahne Malone posted a team-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 7-of-9 from the line. She also grabbed five boards.
LIU's Sophie Bhasin led all scorers at halftime, making 9-of-12 from the field and posted 21 points. She hit both of her three-point attempts as the Blackbirds went 16-of-35 from the field to lead 41-32 at the break. She finished the game with a game-high 33 points.
Harrington led the Blue Devils with seven points and six boards at halftime. Central turned the ball over seven times which led to 14 LIU points. The Blue Devils made 13-of-16 free-throws before halftime but were only 9-of-30 from the field. Harrington was 3-of-3 and the rest of the team went just 6-of-27, including 1-of-7 from three.
Central scored the first basket of the second half and then cut the lead to 43-36, but a quick 5-0 run by the Blackbirds, including another three from Bhasin, pushed the LIU lead to 48-36. Sophomore Aleah Epps hit back-to-back threes for the Blue Devils to cut the lead to 48-42 with 16:50 to play. Epps finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds. She also had three assists and a pair of steals.
Down 10, a 5-0 spurt for the Blue Devils, including a three from senior Kaley Watras, cut the LIU lead to 52-47 with around 13 minutes to play. A quick three-point play from LIU made it 55-47. Central answered with four straight points, including a pair of free-throws from junior Kayla Miller, to make it 55-51.
Central forced a turnover and then back-to-back hoops from junior TaJahne Malone gave Central the 57-55 lead. The run for the Blue Devils was 10-0 as they turned an eight-point deficit into a two-point lead.
Malone's turn-around jumper with just over five minutes to play gave the Blue Devils a 61-60 lead. It was her third straight made field goal and her 13th points of the game.
Back-to-back buckets from Malone and Harrington gave Central a 65-62 lead. In the process Harrington grabbed rebounds 10 and 11 for her second straight double-double and third of the season. Redshirt freshman Lauren Wolosik hit a pair of free-throws to push the lead to five, 67-62 with 2:45 on the clock.
A 5-2 spurt for the Blackbirds, all coming from the free-throw line for the visitors, cut the Blue Devil lead to 69-67 with 26.5 seconds to play. Malone went to the line and drained a pair of free-throws for the Blue Devils to push the lead to four, 71-67.
The Blue Devils hung on for the victory, their fifth in the last six games, to move to 5-1 in league play.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, hosting Wagner beginning at 1 p.m. in Detrick Gym.
April 14, 2015 Women's Basketball Senior Banquet Next Monday
March 19, 2015 CCSU WBB Comes Up Short at Fordham in WNIT
March 16, 2015 Women to Face Fordham Tonight in WNIT, 7PM
March 11, 2015 Women's Basketball NEC Semifinal Tonight on ESPN3
March 11, 2015 Blue Devils Fall in Double Overtime to St. Francis Brooklyn
March 8, 2015 Big Second Half Leads WBB to NEC Tournament Win
March 8, 2015 CCSU Hosts LIU for NEC Quarterfinal at 2 PM
March 6, 2015 Trio of Blue Devils Honored by NEC on Friday
March 2, 2015 Blue Devils Edged by Bryant in Season Finale
February 28, 2015 Women's Basketball Heads to FDU for 2 PM Tip
February 28, 2015 Blue Devils Earn Top Seed in NEC Tournament
February 24, 2015 Musgrave Named NEC Rookie of the Week
February 24, 2015 Musgrave Earns ECAC Rookie of the Week Honors
February 23, 2015 Women's Hoop Wins 72-59 Over Saint Francis U
February 21, 2015 Women's Hoop Tops Sacred Heart on Senior Day
February 16, 2015 Women's Hoop Falls to Saint Francis U Monday Night
February 14, 2015 Blue Devils Fall 60-48 at Robert Morris Saturday
February 14, 2015 Women's Hoop Travels to Robert Morris Saturday, 4 PM
February 10, 2015 Musgrave Named NEC Co-Rookie of the Week
February 9, 2015 Women's Hoop Hosts SFBK At 7 PM On ESPN3
February 9, 2015 CCSU Wins Eighth-Straight, Defeats St. Francis NY 61-43
February 7, 2015 Women's Hoop Welcomes The Mount For 1 PM Tip
February 7, 2015 Women's Basketball Downs The Mount 60-49 on Saturday
February 2, 2015 Blue Devils Roll To Sixth-Straight Win, Top LIU 68-54
February 2, 2015 W. Basketball At LIU Brooklyn Tonight, 7 PM
January 31, 2015 Women's Hoop Improves to 8-1 in NEC with 83-67 Victory
January 31, 2015 Blue Devils Visit Wagner for 1 P.M. Tip
January 27, 2015 Musgrave Named Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week
January 26, 2015 Women's Hoop Edges St. Francis Brooklyn 51-49
January 25, 2015 Women's Hoop Heads to St. Francis NY for 3 PM Tip
January 24, 2015 Blue Devils Win Third Straight, Top Wagner 77-61
January 19, 2015 CCSU Comes From Behind to Top LIU on Monday
January 17, 2015 Women's Hoop Tops Bryant 70-59
January 12, 2015 Women's Basketball Travels To Mount St. Mary's Monday
January 12, 2015 Women's Hoop Falls To The Mount 54-50
January 10, 2015 Women's Basketball Hosts Robert Morris on Saturday
January 10, 2015 Piper Earns 100th Career Victory; CCSU Tops RMU 63-46
January 5, 2015 Blue Devils Move to 2-0 in NEC Play
January 4, 2015 Women's Hoop Plays SHU Monday at 5 PM
January 3, 2015 WBB Opens NEC Play with Victory Over FDU
January 2, 2015 Women's Basketball Opens NEC Play with FDU
December 30, 2014 Women's Basketball Falls to #21 Syracuse
December 29, 2014 Women's Hoop Travels to Syracuse
December 13, 2014 Blue Devils Fall to Army
December 13, 2014 Women's Hoop Hosts Army on 12/13
December 11, 2014 Women's Basketball Signs Four to NLI
December 9, 2014 Blue Devils Host Fordham Rams, 12/9
December 9, 2014 Women's Hoops Topped by Fordham
December 6, 2014 Women's Hoop Drops Road Game at URI
December 3, 2014 Women's Hoop Hosts Maine at 7 p.m.
December 3, 2014 Women's Basketball Falls to Maine
November 30, 2014 Blue Devils Edge New Hampshire, 64-58
November 29, 2014 WBB Travels to New Hampshire on Sunday
November 25, 2014 Blue Devils Sink Catamounts in Overtime
November 25, 2014 Women's Basketball Hosts Vermont at Detrick Gym
November 22, 2014 Blue Devils Defeat UMass Lowell 81-58 on Saturday
November 21, 2014 Women's Basketball Visits UMass Lowell
November 19, 2014 Women's Hoop Drops Road Game at Siena
November 17, 2014 Women's Basketball Falls to Hartford in Home Opener
November 17, 2014 Women's Basketball Hosts Hartford Tonight
November 14, 2014 Women's Hoop Wins Opener at Hofstra
November 13, 2014 Women's Basketball Set for Opener at Hofstra
November 11, 2014 Watras Named Captain for 2014-15 Season
October 30, 2014 Jason Marshall Added to WBB Coaching Staff
October 22, 2014 Men’s and Women’s Basketball to Host Blue Devil Madness
October 21, 2014 NEC Announces Preseason Coaches' Poll
October 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball to Host Panel Discussion on Oct. 30
October 5, 2014 Women's Basketball Opens Practice
September 11, 2014 Women's Basketball Announces 2014-15 Schedule
August 21, 2014 Women's Basketball to Host Fall Clinic