The Central Connecticut women's basketball team hosts Hartford on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Blue Devils are 0-1 after dropping their season-opener on the road at Dartmouth, last Friday, 61-51. The Hawks (1-1) are also coming off a loss at home to Florida Gulf Coast, 70-63.
Today • Central Connecticut hosts Hartford in its home-opener and second contest of the 2016-17 campaign. This marks the the second time CCSU opens with the Hawks in the last three seasons, last time falling, 75-63, at the start of the 2014-15 season.
- Hartford leads, 21-8
- Last Metting: Dec 2, 2015 (Hartford, 49-41)
- Last CCSU Win: Nov. 26, 2013 (82-50)
Up Next For CCSU • Central will host Vermont on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Last season Central shot just 21-75 (28%), including 6-24 (25%) from downtown, as they dropped their season opener to the Catamounts, 79-63, at Vermont.
Scouting Hartford • The Blue Devils will have to contain the Hawks leader in scoring and assists, senior guard, Deanna Mayza. Mayza is averaging 14.5 points, and 7.0 assists per game for Hartford. Junior Janelle Harrison is coming off an explosive performance against Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday recording herself a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Series History (8-21) • Tonight's game marks the 30th meeting between the Blue Devils and the Hawks at the Divison 1 level. Hartford holds a 21-8 edge in the series, including a 49-41 vicotry last season over Central inside Chase Arena. Prior to that meeting, Hartford toped CCSU, 75-3, in the Blue Devils' home-opener on Nov. 17th. Head coach Beryl Piper is 2-4 all-time against the Hawks over the past nine seasons.
Last Timeout • The Blue Devils dropped their season-opener on the road, to the Big Green of Dartmouth, 61-51. Central was limited to 28.1% (18-64) shooting from the floor, including a 31.6% (6-19) effort from behind the arc, while Dartmouth shots 36.7% (22-60) from the field, and held a slight advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Blue Devils by one, 45-44. Senior guard, Aleah epps, recorded a double-double and game-highs in points (19) and rebounds (15), also surpassing her previous career-best in rebounds (9) against Hartford on 12/2/15. Sophomore Andi Lydon marked a career high in rebounds (12) and assists (3), while playing 36 minutes without turning the ball over and contributing nine points.