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Blue Devils Welcome Brown for Home-Opener Thursday

Blue Devils Welcome Brown for Home-Opener Thursday

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team hosts Brown University in its 2017-18 home-opener on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. inside William H. Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT. The contest marks the 10th meeting between the two squads in program history.


CCSU (0-2, 0-0 NEC) vs. BROWN (1-0, 0-0 IVY) |  7:00 PM |  DETRICK GYMNASIUM |  NEW BRITAIN, CT

NEC FRONT ROW |  LIVE STATS | @KizerBlueDevil (In-game tweets)


LAST TIMEOUT • The Blue Devils return to their home floor after opening the 2017-18 campaign with two road contests at "Power 5" members, West Virginia and Virginia. CCSU fell in both contests and was led by junior Kiana Patterson who averaged 16.5 ppg in 54 minutes of action. Brown enters its second contest of the year after defeating Northeast Conference opponent Bryant, 85-62, at home on Sunday, Nov. 12.

BATTLING THE BEARS  Sophomore Justine Gaziano led Brown past the Bulldogs with a game-high 23 points.  Juniors Taylor Will and Shayna Mehta added 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Ivy League foe returns all five of its starters to the lineup this year from a team who earned its first program victory in the 2016-17 WNIT Postseason Tournament. 

SERIES HISTORY • Brown holds a 3-6 advantage in the all-time series record with the Blue Devils. The last time Central met up with the Bears was back in the 2010-11 season with the CCSU prevailing 52-44 inside Detrick Gymnasium.

BY THE NUMBERS • The Princeton, New Jersey crew brings back 94 percent of its scoring and 95 percent of its rebounding. Last winter, Brown set single-season program records for games played (30), points (2,169), field goals made (779), 3-pointers made (226) and free throw percentage (.739).
HEADLINER • Kiana Patterson was honored by the Northeast Conference with the first Player of the Week award of the 2017-18 women's basketball season. In addition to leading the team in the scoring column against Power 5 opponents, West Virginia and Virginia, the Troy, NY product added 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest. Patterson knocked down an impressive 7-of-13 (.538) attempts from three-point land.
UP NEXT • The Blue Devils will next embark on a road trip to State College, PA, to match up with the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten. The game will be played on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Bryce Jordan Center. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Central return to New Britain for its second home game of the year on Monday, Nov. 27 against Albany at 7:00 p.m.





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