The Central Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Wagner behind a 27-point effort from sophomore Lauren Arbogast. The Blue Devils (12-16, 6-11 NEC) battled back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to take the 79-66 victory over the Seahawks (2-26, 1-16 NEC).
In addition to Arbogast's big game, sophomore Jessica Babe posted the first triple-double in the Division I history of the CCSU women's basketball program. Babe finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Over the first 11 minutes of action the Blue Devils fell behind by 14 points. Wagner's 24-10 lead was erased over the final nine minutes of the half as the Blue Devils delivered a 17-4 run to close the period.
The late run helped the Blue Devils cut the deficit to a single point heading into halftime.
After the half, the Blue Devils continued to control the game. Central opened the period on a 14-5 run that gave them their first lead since the early minutes of the first half. Arbogast led the offense with six points during the stretch.
The run gave Central a 41-33 lead and the Blue Devils never trailed again in the game.
Wagner's final chance came with 7:47 remaining when Shawn-Maire Heiliger hit a layup to cut Central's lead to two points. The Blue Devils answered with 12 straight points to put the game out of reach at 68-54.
The Blue Devil starting five dominated the scoring, putting up 70 of the team's 79 points. Only freshman Danielle Davis, who posted a career-high with nine points, scored off the bench.
Central shot 67.7% (21-31) from the field in the second half. The Blue Devils' shooting percentage was driven up by 50 points in the paint, including 32 in the second half. Arbogast and Fisher combined for 43 of those 50 points under the hoop and went 13-of-15 from the floor in the second half.
The Blue Devils also outrebounded the Seahawks in the game, 43-37.
Arbogast was a major contributor to Central's season-high 52 second half points. Arbogast scored 16 of her 27 points after the break. She more than doubled her previous career-high of 12 points, which she had scored three times in her career. Most recently on February 11, against Quinnipiac. Arbogast missed only two field goals in the game (13-15) and also recorded eight rebounds.
Fisher scored in double-digits for the third straight game. After posting back-to-back 10-point games last weekend, she set a new career-high with 16 points today.
Watras fell a single rebound short of her first career double-double finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals. She fell just shy of the career-high 19 points, she set on Monday night.
Jessica Babe used nine points, seven assists and four rebounds in the second half to complete CCSU's first triple-double. Babe narrowly missed a triple-double earlier this season when she fell a single assist short against Holy Cross. Her 10 assists are the most in a game since Kerrianne Dugan had 11 against Fairleigh Dickinson on January 30, 2010.
Prior to the game the Blue Devils recognized senior Rachel Chandler who has been a part of more victories, 61, than any other player in program history.
The Blue Devils will wrap-up the season against Mount St. Mary's on Monday night at Detrick Gym. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.