The Central Connecticut women's basketball team dropped its first contest of the year to Big 12 member West Virginia 102-52 on Friday Nov. 10 inside the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. Eight different Blue Devils scored led by sophomore Kiana Patterson with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Central will travel to Charlottesville, VA to play the Cavaliers of Virginia on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Junior captain, Kiana Patterson opened the second quarter with seven consecutive points including a deep triple from the left wing. Patterson collected 11 first half points to lead the Blue Devils. West Virginia saw three players score in double-figures, led by senior Teana Muldrow with 20 points through the first 20 minutes of the 2017-18 basketball season.
WVU lead 57-26 at the break.
After leaving the first half with two quick fouls at 8:40, graduate transfer Morgan Johnson connected on three trifectas in the third quarter and found junior Sydney Hines open for a three of her own with 2:57 on the clock. Johnson sank back-to-back threes at 1:07 and the 30.0 second mark.
The Mountaineers combined for 21 fourth quarter points to close out the home victory. Muldrow scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Naomi Davenport also notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Johnson chipped in 11 points in her first game wear a Blue Devil jersey. Central shot .346 from downtown and .308 from the floor. Freshman Ashley Forker added a pair of assists and Hines finished with eight points in the season opener.