The Central Connecticut women's basketball team dropped its season opener 61-56 to Buffalo Tuesday night in Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY. Junior guard Emma McCamus led the Blue Devils with 13 points. Central won the battle of the boards 48-43 and had 15 points from the bench.
The Blue Devils held the Bulls to just 19-57 (.333) from the floor, but struggled offensively shooting just 17-of-62. A late rally with points from juniors Emma McCamus, Ashley Forker, and rookie Jamey Napoleon put Central within four with 2:22 to play, but the Bulls held on to win.
Score: Central Connecticut 56, Buffalo 61
Records: Central Connecticut (0-1), Buffalo (1-0)
Location: Alumni Arena – Buffalo, NY
"I have to compliment the team on their effort and ability to rebound the basketball," said head coach Beryl Piper. "We did not shoot the ball well, but we outrebounded Buffalo and fought hard until the end. We communicated a lot, which is a step in the right direction."
- Junior Emma McCamus opened the game drawing a foul at the rim and finishing the three- point play with a free throw.
- A shot from behind the arc by senior Ashley Chin stopped an early 8-0 run by the Bulls.
- The Blue Devil defense held the Bulls scoreless for the first 3:46 of the second quarter.
- Foul trouble by Buffalo put CCSU at the foul line. The Blue Devils shot 12-16 from the charity stripe in the second half.
- Central went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 3. CCSU outscored Buffalo 21-19 in the third.
NUMBER TO KNOW
14 – The Central defense caused 14 Bull turnovers.
- Ashley Chin was the only other Blue Devil to hit double-figures. She finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds.
- In her collegiate debut, Jamey Napoleon totaled nine points, shooting .500 (3-6) from the floor. She also had seven rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes of action.
- Central held Buffalo to just .333 (19-57) shooting on the game.
Women's basketball travels to Pittsburgh on Monday, Nov. 11. Tip-off is schedule for 7 p.m. Central's home opener is Thursday, Nov. 14 against Brown.