The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell 83-69 to St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday night in Detrick Gymnasium to close the Northeast Conference regular season. The Blue Devils trailed by as much as 20 points in the second quarter and cut the lead to six midway through the third, but it was not enough to overcome the early run by the Terriers. Sophomore Ashley Berube led Central with a career-high 26 points and eight rebounds. In her final night as a Blue Devil, senior Kiana Patterson scored 18 points.
The Blue Devils shot 29-of59 (.492) overall and was 6-of15 (.400) from three-point range. The team shot also shot 5-of-7 (.714) from the charity stripe.
The Terriers opened the game with an 11-3 run and led by 17 at the end of the first connecting on 13-of-18 (.722) in the first 10 minutes of action.
Scoring slowed in the second for the Terriers, as Central won the quarter 17-8 to trail by just eight at halftime. Central held Brooklyn scoreless for the last 4:35 of the second quarter. Berube scored just four points in the first half but took over for the Blue Devils after the halftime break.
The Terriers, led by Ally Lassen, dominated inside scoring 50 of their 83 points in the paint. Central continued to fight and chip away at the led. With 4:23 to play in the third quater, CCSU trailed 48-42, but the Terriers closed the quarter on an 11-4 run.
The Blue Devils entered the final quarter in a 15 point deficit. Berube scored 15 points in the quarter shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor. Brooklyn continued to step on the gas and pushed the lead back to 20 with 6:17 remaining.
Lassen ended with 22 points and eight rebounds for the Terriers. Brooklyn shot 33-of-64 (.516) from the floor and 8-of-22 (.364) from deep. The Terriers shot 9-of-13 (.692) from the foul line and won the battle of the boards 36-27.