Central Connecticut women's basketball emerges from non-conference schedule winless

Published on Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:48
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BURLINGTON, Vt. - A cold-shooting morning on the road for the Central Connecticut women’s basketball team allowed Vermont to prevail 62-48 to conclude CCSU’s non-conference slate.

Juniors Kiana Patterson and Andi Lydon combined for 25 points, including a team-high 16 points from Patterson.

Vermont (3-9) snapped its seven-game losing streak and CCSU fell to 0-11 with NEC play approaching next weekend.

The Blue Devils opened the game going 4-of-8 from the field and taking a 10-7 lead at the first media timeout. UVM took its first lead of the game, 12-10, at the 3:18 mark after back-to-back jump shots. The Catamounts led 16-12 at the end of the period.

The Blue Devils trailed 29-21 at the half, their lowest first half score of the season.

Junior Denisha Gardener silenced a 7-0 Vermont run to start the second half on a turn-around post move at 7:33 and completed an old-fashioned three-point play at 4:16, sparking a 7-1 Central run.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils trailed 44-32.

A pair of consecutive three-pointers from UVM’s Kristina White and Sydney Smith extended the America East opponent’s lead to 24 points, the largest of the game, with 4:53 left in regulation. Smith posted a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 boards.

The Blue Devils held the America East’s leading scorer, Hannah Crymble (19.6 ppg) to just 14 points.

Posted in New Britain Herald, CCSU on Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:48. Updated: Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:50.