The Central Connecticut women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night. The Blue Devils (2-1) fell to Hartford (3-0) by a score of 76-62. Senior Jalcyn Babe and sophomore Jessica Babe both scored 15 points to lead the team.
The Blue Devils struggled from the field early in the first half, starting the game 0-for-8 from the field, which allowed the Hawks to build an early lead. Redshirt freshman Amanda Harrington hit the first basket for the Blue Devils and junior Jaleen Thomas put the first Blue Devil points on the board by hitting a pair of free throws.
Trailing 13-4, the Blue Devils got their offense going in transition. A steal by Babe and a nice pass ahead to Jessica Babe led to a layup. Another steal, on the next Hartford possession, resulted in a layup by Harrington off a nice pass from freshman Nicole Ferguson. Jaclyn Babe added a jumper to cap the run and cut the deficit to 13-10.
Harrington scored 8 of Central's first 17 points in the game. Her first score of the game was the first basket of her collegiate career.
Babe scored Central's final four points of the half to help close the gap. Babe's basket and free throws came in the final 13 seconds of the period.
The Blue Devils kept the game close throughout the second half, but were never able to tie the Hawks.
Hartford knocked down eight free throws over the final minute of the game to pull away for the 14 point victory.
Jessica Babe finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jaclyn Babe also finished with 15 points and contributed five rebounds, three assists and five steals.
Junior Lauren Arbogast posted a game-high nine rebounds off the bench. She also chipped in eight points.
Harrington finished with nine points and three rebounds.
The Blue Devils shot well for the second straight game. The team connected on 23-of-53 field goals and 13-of-16 free throws.
The Blue Devils next game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, at Texas. The game is scheduled for a 8 p.m. (eastern time) tip-off and can be seen on the Longhorn Network.