NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Central Connecticut State women’s basketball team earned its first-ever win against Merrimack on Sunday and it had a team effort to thank for it.
Dejah Jenkins’ career-high 16 points led four different Blue Devils to reach double-figures in scoring as CCSU beat the Warriors 73-67 on Sunday afternoon to split the weekend series. CCSU (4-8, 4-8 NEC) fell to Merrimack (3-7, 3-7 NEC) 81-62 on Saturday.
The Blue Devils were able to score in a variety of ways against Merrimack. They went 20-for-23 (87%) from the free throw line, scored 16 points off 17 turnovers and finished with 10 fast-break points compared to just two for the Warriors. Overall, CCSU also got 22 points from its bench, while Merrimack got just eight.
In addition to Jenkins’ 16 points, Forever Toppin scored 15 points, including the team’s first 10 to start the game. Bell Lanpher and Ashley Forker added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Blue Devils controlled most of the game from the beginning. They took an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 17-pont advantage at the break after outscoring the Warriors 9-5 in the final 4:25 of the second quarter.
Merrimack made a push in the second half, outscoring CCSU 17-16 in the third quarter and 34-24 in the fourth, but the Blue Devils went 10-for-10 from the foul line in the final minute of the game to secure the win.
CCSU will next host LIU for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.
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