The Central Connecticut women's basketball team dropped its final regular season home game to Robert Morris 67-51 on Monday night. The Blue Devils (6-20) fall to 6-10 in the Northeast Conference and are now in a three-way seventh place tie with LIU Brooklyn and Mount St. Mary's. The Colonials (21-6) advance to 14-2 atop the league with Saint Francis U. as the only two teams who have clinched a NEC Tournament berth with two regular season games left.
Freshman Emma McCamus was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor en route to tying her career high of 13 points. Central shot 17-of-48 (.354) and RMU finished the game 27-for-63 (.429).
Following a 12-0 Colonials run to start the game, freshman Ashley Forker put the first points on the board for the Blue Devils with an offensive put-back off a missed three-pointer at the 5:40 mark. Central Connecticut would then go on its own 12-0 run that was capped off by a transition three-pointer by Patterson to tie the game at 12-12 with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
RMU would score on consecutive layups on its final two possession of the opening quarter to lead 18-13.
Patterson hit rookie Emma McCamus on a textbook back cut to end a 7-0 Colonial run at the 8:02 mark in the second quarter. RMU built its first half lead to as many as 12 points, but would be brought back down to six points, 29-26, on three consecutive triples from Patterson.
The Blue Devils went into the halftime locker room down by five points, 35-30, after shooting 10-for-25 (.400) in the first half and winning the battle of the boards over RMU 17-15. The Colonials made 14-for-28 (.500) from the floor led by 10 points from Mikalah Mulrain.
Patterson led all scorers with 12 points at the intermission.
Robert Morris's Nneka Ezeigbo helped push the lead to 17 points, 47-30, with eight straight points within a 12-0 run to start the second half. The Blue Devils shot just 3-of-12 in the third quarter and trailed 52-39 heading into the final period.
Rookies McCamus and Tiffany Slicklein drained five straight points each to build a 10-0 CCSU run late in the fourth quarter, but the Robert Morris gap would fair to be too large as time expired in Detrick Gymnasium.
The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will play it's final two regular season games on the road in Brooklyn this weekend. CCSU will first face St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and then will play LIU Brooklyn on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.