NEW BRITAIN â€“ The CCSU womenâ€™s basketball team clearly didnâ€™t want to get caught in another close game with Fairleigh Dickinson.
After dropping a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Knights on Saturday afternoon, the revenge-minded Blue Devils came out with a dominant 77-56 victory to pick up their second conference win of the season, a feat the team didnâ€™t accomplish until the final week of its schedule last season.
Forever Toppin led the way with 16 points, while Dejah Jenkins and Ashley Berube each chipped in a dozen. Clare Sutherland-Case rounded out CCSUâ€™s double-digit scorers, finishing with 11 points.
Trailing by three early in the second quarter, the Blue Devils came to life with a sudden offensive eruption that eventually led to a dominant lead at the half. The run began with a game-tying 3-pointer from Emma McCamus, which sparked a 15-0 run highlighted by a triple from Toppin, who also assisted on McCamusâ€™ 3-pointer. Jenkinsâ€™ efficient free throw shooting helped keep the lead at double digits through the rest of the half, and CCSUâ€™s lead, which stood at 18 at the break, was never threatened the rest of the way.
The Blue Devils continued to pour it on in the fourth, when a Jamey Napolean layup and a Belle Lanpher free throw extended the lead to 21 with less than six minutes to go to help finish off one of the teamâ€™s most impressive conference performances in recent years.
CCSU lost both games to Fairleigh Dickinson last season, including an eight-point defeat at home.