The Central Connecticut women's basketball team dropped a 76-49 decision to the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday night inside the Rothman Center in Hackensack, NJ. The Knights (10-7, 2-4 NEC) shot 43.3 percent from the field for the game and broke away from CCSU with a big second quarter performance where they outs-scored Central 27-10.
CCSU (2-14, 2-3 NEC) was paced by freshman Ashley Forker with nine points, six of which came in the fourth quarter. Fellow rookie Ashley Berube tied her career-high in blocks with five rejections and also snagged a team high five rebounds.
FDU carried the momentum in the first quarter after holding Central scoreless in the later 4:33 of the opening period. The Knights went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-8 lead as CCSU managed just 3-of-17 (17.6%) from the floor.
Central Connecticut struggled to cut into Fairleigh Dickinson's lead as the Knights erupted to out-score CCSU 27-10 in the second quarter and shot 62.5 percent on 10-for-16 shooting.
Out of the halftime gate, the Blue Devils responded by forcing a Fairleigh Dickinson turnover and scoring on their first three offensive possessions. In the stretch juniors Kiana Patterson and Andi Lydon knocked down three-pointers for CCSU.
Relentless, the Knights powered back to go on an 11-0 spurt lead by a Lauren Francillon jumper at the 7:32 mark. Sophomore Ashley Chin ended the drought at 3:32 and sliced through the lane for her first basket of the game. At the end of the third quarter CCSU trailed 60-32.
CCSU played the Knights evenly in the fourth quarter as FDU only out-scored them by one point.
Francillion recorded a career-high in points and rebounds third double-double of the season with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Madelynn Comly scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. FDU held a 46-34 edge on the glass.
Patterson dished out four assists in the game.
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will host St. Francis Brooklyn next on Saturday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m. and then LIU Brooklyn on Monday, January 22 in New Britain, CT.