Blue Devils Shortened by Merrimack 65-56

Blue Devils Shortened by Merrimack 65-56

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to the Merrimack Warriors 65-56 on Saturday inside Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT. Junior Ashley Berube led the Blue Devils with 20 points, five rebounds and three blocks. The teams falls to 1-14 on the year and 0-4 in conference while Merrimack improves to 9-6 and 2-2 in league.

The Blue Devils opened the game connecting on nine of its first 14 shots (.643) leading by as much as 14 (21-7) in the opening quarter. The Warriors responded with a 13-point run of its own to cut the lead to one by the end of the first.

Central was scoreless for over five minutes until senior Ashley Chin sank a baseline jumper for the first basket of the second quarter. The Blue Devils held a slight 34-32 halftime lead after an almost even first half. Central shot 46.9 percent (15-32) and the Warriors were 40.6 percent (13-32) from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action.

Momentum shifted to the Warriors as they opened the third quarter with a 12-3 taking a 44-37 lead with 5:57 to play. After missing four shots from behind the arc, the Blue Devils shot a perfect 3-3 from deep in the third. Merrimack took advantage of fouls scoring eight of its 12 fourth quarter points from the foul line to secure the win.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Score: Central Connecticut 56, Merrimack 65
Records: CCSU (1-14, 0-4 NEC), Merrimack (9-6, 2-2 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium - New Britain, CT

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Blue Devils went on an 15-2 run to take a 21-7 lead with 3:04 to play in the first quarter.
  • The first quarter ended with a 13-point run by the Warriors, led by Kate Marger who sank three shots from deep.
  • Ashley Berube had a strong first quarter shooting 4-6 from the floor for nine points.
  • Central went scoreless for over five minutes until Ashley Chin drilled a baseline jumper at 7:54 in the second quarter.
  • The Warriors went on a 12-3 run out of the halftime gate. The points for Central came off a three scored by Ashley Forker.
  • The Blue Devils had no three-point baskets in the first half, but shot a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc in the third.

NOTES

  • Today marks the second 20+ point game for Ashley Berube. She has scored double-figures in the past six games.
  • As a team, the Blue Devils had 21 assists on 24 made field goals.
  • The Blue Devils outscored the Warriors 24-16 in the paint and won the battle of the boards 43-41.
  • Bruna Vila Artituges dished a season-high six assists and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. Danielle Delano also finished with a career-high seven boards.
  • Emma McCamus finished with a career-high five assists. 

NUMBER TO KNOW

21 - Central had 21 assists on 24 made baskets. Three players had five or more assists.

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