The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will challenge the Wildcats of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. inside Lundholm Gymnasium in its 2016-17 non-conference game finale. Following Wednesday's match, the Blue Devils will open Northeast Conference play at home on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. against the visiting Wagner Seahawks.
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Previously For Both Teams • The Blue Devils were topped by Boston College on Sunday, Dec. 18, 66-46. New Hampshire most recently beat Northeast Conference member, Sacred Heart, on Sunday, 71-43.
Series History (11-13) • Wednesday's meeting marks the 25th anniversary between CCSU and UNH.The Wildcats currently hold a slight two game advantage in the series, leading 13-11. New Hampshire last secured a victory over the Blue Devils on Nov. 29, 2015, 64-50, at New Britain, CT. Central won the previous year on Nov. 30, 2014, 64-58, inside Lundholm Gymnasium.
Last Timeout • The Central Connecticut women's basketball team shot just 13-52 (25%) from the floor, and Boston College connected on 47.5% of its attempts on Sunday. Freshman Cebria Outlow scored a game-high 15 points, including three three-pointers, chipping in two assists, and two steals. Senior forward, Giocelis Reynoso, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and sophomore Kiana Patterson contributed 12 points in the Blue Devil's setback.
Scouting the Wildcats • As a team, the Wildcats are out-rebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.2 rebounds per contest. New Hampshires leader in scoring, junior, Brittni Lai, is sinking 15.4 points per game, as well as a team high 4.1 assists per 40 minutes. Lai has been on fire from downtown, making 44.4% of her three point attempts through 10 contests. Carlie Pogue and Kat Fogarty, the two starting bigs for UNH, are notching 13.2 points/7.5 rebounds, and 11.8 points/6.4 rebounds per game, respectively.
Last Meeting • On Nov. 29, 2015 UNH down CCSU inside Detrick Gymnasium, 64-50, led by Elizabeth Belanger with 17 points. Kiana Patterson notched eight points, and Aleah Epps added six for the Blue Devils. The Wildcats shots 44.7% compared to Central's 37.8% from the field. The America East squad also out-rebounded CCSU, 35-22.
An Outlow December • Rookie, Cebria Outlow, has risento the Blue Devils' second leader in scoring with 9.3 ppg. after a couple of signature performances in the non-conference.The freshman most recently scored a game-high 15 points at Boston College. Outlow also scored career best 17 points against Stony Brook on Dec. 11, sank 16 points against San Diego St. at the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic, and grabbed another career high in rebounds agains the ACC's Virginia Tech on Dec. 7.
Up Next For CCSU • Central will begin Northeast Conference play after the Christmas holiday on Thursday, Dec.29th, at home against the Wagner Seahawks (1-9) at 7:00p.m. The Blue Devils will then play two days later on Saturday, Dec. 31, for a New Years Eve showdown at St.Francis Brooklyn beginning at 1:00 p.m.