The Central Connecticut women's basketball team travels to South Orange, N.J. for the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 26-27, joining tournament host, Seton Hall, and visiting teams, Texas-Arlington, and San Diego State.
Today • The Central Connecticut women's basketball team (1-3) travel to South Orange, N.J. to take on the Seton Hall Pirates (3-1) for the second game of the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic at 2:30 p.m. UT Arlington will face San Diego State in the first game of the tournament, Saturday, at noon. The Blue Devils will take the court again on Sunday for the 12:00 PM game against either UT Arlington or San Diego State depending on Saturday's results.
Previously For Both Teams • The Blue Devils are coming off of a, 76-37, loss at Massachusetts last Wednesday. The Pirates are also heading into the tournament on a loss, after falling at Minnesota last Sunday, 90-57.
Series History • It has been 26 years since the Blue Devils and Pirates have faced each other, with Seton Hall leading the series (2-0). The two squads first met on Jan. 15, 1990, with Seton Hall claiming the victory, 73-45. Central dropped the second contest less than a year later, on Dec. 15, 1990, 66-50. CCSU has never faced UT Arlington or San Diego State in its program history.
Last Timeout • CCSU fell to Atlantic 10 opponent, UMass, 76-37, on Wednesday afternoon on the Minutewomen's homefloor. Sophomore Kiana Patterson led the Blue Devils with 14 points, and senior forward, Giocelis Reynoso, tied career-highs in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 13 boards and rejecting four Minutewomen shots in just 15 minutes of action. Central Connecticut was limited to 22.2% shooting compared to Massachusetts' 48.4% from the field. Despite falling behind 20 points after the first 10 minutes of the game, Central found their offense in the second quarter, out-scoring the Minutewomen, 21-14. Freshman Cebria Outlow sparks the momentum for the Blue Devils, when she putback a missed free throw for an "and-one". Patterson then connected on three consecutive three-pointers to cut the Central deficit to nine points, with 1:32 left before the break. However, UMass forced 25 Blue Devil turnovers, and converted 33 points off of the extra opportunities. Sophomore Andi Lydon ended the game with eight rebounds, and a career-high five assists.
Up Next For CCSU • Central Connecticut will have an entire week off following the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic Tournament, until they hit the road for back-to-back away contests to begin the month of December. The Blue Devils will first travel to the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Dec. 4, to play Syracuse at 2 PM., and then will head south to Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, to tipoff with the Hokies at 5 PM.