The Central Connecticut women's basketball travels to the state of Pennsylvania this weekend for a pair of road contests against St. Francis University and Robert Morris. The Blue Devils will first challenge the Red Flash of SFU on Saturday, January 21 at noon inside Degol Arena. You can follow all of the action live from Loretto, PA on ESPN 3.
CCSU will next play on Monday, January 23 against the RMU Colonials at 7:00 p.m. in Moon Township, PA to conclude its short road series.
Previously For Both Teams • The Blue Devils rallied back and forth with LIU Brooklyn in a game that featured nine lead changes to triumph over the Blackbirds, 76-71, and remain perfect against NEC opponents. The Red Flash most recently toppled fellow in-state conference member, Robert Morris, on the road by a 15-point margin, 70-55.
Series History (11-26) • The Red Flash hold a 26-to-11 advantage in the overall series; first meeting during the 1987-88 season. CCSU swept St. Francis during the regular season, defeating them at home on Jan. 23, 66-51, and then again on Feb. 6 in Loretto, 79-59. The two squads met for the third time in the NEC Quarterfinals on March 6, where SFU prevailed, 83-77, to advance and conclude Central's 2015-16 season.
Following the Flash • Northeast Conference scoring leader, SFU sophomore Jessica Kovatch, who averages 21.0 ppg, is coming off a 24-point performance, while surpassing the 1,000-point milestone. CCSU will have to pay close attention to Ace Harrison, who is tallying 14.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, and is shooting 48.5% from the field in league play. Katie Reese and Halee Adams are both averaging double-figures with 14.3 and 12.3 points, respectively.
Last Time Out • Seniors' Giocelis Reynoso and Aleah Epps led the Blue Devils on both ends of the floor in the win. Epps scored a season high 22 points, adding eight rebounds, and six assists. Reynoso scored a career-high 18 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds in her third double-double this year. Sophomore Sydney Hines contributed 10 points, and CCSU shot a total 27-of-29 (93.1%) from the free throw line, that proved to be the difference maker in the game.
Making History • The Blue Devils' perfect 6-0 conference record marks the best start in women's basketball program history. Central's success is a direct result from a remarkable team effort on the floor. Against NEC opponents, four of the five starters are averaging double-digit scoring, and the team is collectivey out-rebounding its opponents by a 12.3 margin.