The Central Connecticut women's basketball team was stopped by the Boston College Eagles, 66-46, on Sunday. Freshman Cebria Outlow scored a game-high 15 points, including three three-pointers, and had two assists and steals, in her first career start.
The Blue Devils made 14-of-16 (87.5%) foul shots, but shot only 13-of-52 (25.0%) from the floor. Boston College shot a stifling 47.5% from the field, 36 of its 66 points coming from high percentage shots in the paint. Sophomore Kiana Patterson netted 12 points, adding three assists, and two steals.
Central Connecticut heads into its non conference finale with a (1-9) overall record, and the Eagles near the .500 mark after improving to (5-6). CCSU forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers, giving up the ball just 16 times.
Right from the tip, sophomore Kiana Patterson penetrated and dished a pass to senior Giocelis Reynoso for the Blue Devils first points of the game. Outlow brought energy for the Blue Devils on the offensive and defensive end start notching seven points, on 3-of-4 shooting, and one rebound, assist, and steal in the opening 10 minutes.
Boston College went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter, increasing their lead to, 23-13, and out-scored CCSU, 15-4, in the period. The Eagle's three-point threat, Kelly Hughes, connected on two from deep, contributing to their 6-for-9 (66.7%) shooting from the floor. CCSU forced its ACC opponent into 13 turnovers heading into the half.
Despite the Blue Devils packing it in in their 2-3 zone defense, CCSU had trouble containing Mariella Fasoula as an effective presence in the post. At the half, Fasoula led the Eagles with 12 points, and BC held a 20-9 advantage on the boards. Central sank 24% of its attempts (6-of-25) in the first half, Outlow leading with nine points.
Central Connecticut struggled to execute out of the halftime gate as the Eagles went on a, 17-4, scoring run, getting points from five different players. At 2:38 sophomore Sydney Hines drew two Eagle defenders and kicked the ball out to find an open Patterson for three. However Boston's Emily Dailey matched the strike on the following possession.
At the end of the third quarter, Boston College opened up their largest margin of the contest, leading, 55-25.
The Blue Devils held BC scoreless for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, going on an 8-0 run. In the stretch, Outlow drained her second three-pointer of the contest, and Patterson made a fastbreak layup off of a full-court pass from senior Aleah Epps at the 8:11 mark. Central out-scored the Eagles 21-11, but it was not enough to cut into the Eagles substantial lead.
Fasoula led Boston with 14 points, while Daley and Hughes chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. Reynoso reeled in a game high 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, and BC recorded 66 rebounds compared to CCSU's 24.
Central Connecticut women's basketball will travel to the University of New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats in its 2016-17 non-conference finale on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Durham, NH.