CCSU women's basketball drops sixth straight game to begin season in loss to Morgan State

Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:25
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NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut women’s basketball team lost its sixth straight game to open the season, falling 61-41 to Morgan State on Wednesday night at Detrick Gymnasium.

The Blue Devils were led by freshman Emma McCamus, who had a season-high 12 points, going 3-for-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

CCSU fell to 0-6 on the year, while Morgan State picks up its second straight victory and is now 4-3 this season.

The Blue Devils struggled as a unit, shooting a season-low 27.3 percent (12-44) from the floor and just 16.7 percent from behind the arc. The Bears finished the game 24-of-62 (.387), led by forward Lexus Spears with 22 points and a game-tying high eight boards.

After a scoreless 5:52, Morgan State’s leading scorer Adre’onia Coleman broke the silence with a jumper outside the lane. Central responded with a 5-0 run, sparked by a three-pointer by junior Kiana Patterson and a field goal at the 3:08 mark.

The Bears closed out the first quarter on an 11-0 run with six different players entering the scoring column to pull ahead 13-5.

Senior Brianna Jacobs came off the bench to give six productive minutes in the second quarter, with five points and four rebounds. The Blue Devils went 6-for-22 (.333) in the second quarter and trailed 31-17 at the break.

The Bears shot 36.1 percent from the floor in the first half on 13-of-36 shooting and forced 15 CCSU turnovers.

Late in the third, freshman Ashley Forker converted the old-fashioned three-point play on a reverse lay-up and then found Lydon underneath, who got fouled and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Despite the game’s lowest offensive quarter, Morgan State extended its lead to 18 at the 6:25 mark in the third.

McCamus nailed a jumper with 7:35 to go in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 12 points, 45-33, but Morgan State maintained a large enough cushion to seal the win. The Bears collected 24 points off 25 CCSU turnovers and scored 42 of its 61 points in the paint.

Jihayah Chavis had 12 points for MSU.

CCSU women’s basketball opens the month of December with a road trip to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne of the Atlantic-10 conference on Saturday in the Palumbo Center at 2 p.m.

Posted in New Britain Herald, CCSU on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:25. Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:28.