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Women's Basketball Hosts Siena at Detrick

Women's Basketball Hosts Siena at Detrick

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team hosts Siena tonight at Detrick Gym.  The Blue Devils (3-3) and the Saints (3-2) last played early in the 2011-12 season, a 51-47 CCSU victory at Detrick Gym.  Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Here are some notes on the Blue Devils heading into tonight's game:

Tonight • The Blue Devils (3-3) return to Detrick Gym to host MAAC member Siena (3-2).  The Blue Devils split a pair of road games last week with a victory over Hartford (82-50) and a loss to La Salle (71-60).  However, now the Blue Devils are back home where they are 2-0 this season and 13-3 since the start of last season.

Up Next • The Blue Devils will look to stay undefeated against the America East with a trip to Vermont on Sunday, Dec. 8 and then hosting UMass Lowell on Sunday, Dec. 15.  After that the Blue Devils will travel to MAAC foe Rider on Dec. 21, before closing December and non-conference play at home against Hofstra on Dec. 30.

Series History • The Saints hold a 3-2 advantage in the all-time Division I series between these schools.  The last meeting came during the 2011-12 season with the Blue Devils earning a 51-47 victory at Detrick Gym.  CCSU also won 57-48 in overtime at Siena in November of 2010.  The other three meetings came in 1993-94, 94-95 and 95-96.

Last Week • The Blue Devils split a pair of road games last week with a victory over Hartford and a loss to La Salle.  Last Tuesday, the Blue Devils traveled to Hartford and defeated the Hawks 82-50.  Junior Kaley Watras led the way with 24 points.  On Saturday, CCSU fell at Atlantic-10 memeber La Salle 71-60.  Sophomore Kayla Miller contributed career-highs of 10 points and nine rebounds in a near double-double performance.

Big Win Over Hartford • The Blue Devils led 40-20 at the half and then pulled away for a 82-50 victory over the Hawks last Wednesday.  Junior Kaley Watras connected for a season-high 24 points, while sophomore Amanda Harrington scored 13 points and secured eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.  Senior Jessica Babe filled up her stat line with nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block.  Babe also had just one turnover in 32 minutes of action.

Career-Highs for the Sophomores • Three CCSU sophomores, TehJahne Malone, Nicole Ferguson, and Amanda Harrington, have set career-highs for points over the last two games.  Malone scored 11 off the bench against New Hampshire, Ferguson scored 11 off the bench against Hartford and Harrington put in 13 in her second career start, which came Tuesday against Hartford.  In addition, sophomore Kayla Miller matched her career-high with 10 points against La Salle and set a new high with nine rebounds.

32-Point Victory • The 32-point margin of victory against Hartford is the most for the Blue Devils since topping New Hampshire by 39 points on Nov. 27, 2011.  CCSU earned a 83-44 victory over the Wildcats that day.  The margin of victory was also CCSU's largest ever over the Hawks.  The 82 points against Hartford are also the most for CCSU since scoring 82 against Wagner on Jan. 19, 2013.

Great at Home • CCSU starts the 2013-14 home campaign at 2-0, a familiar spot for the Blue Devils who were 11-3 at home last season, including 8-1 in NEC home games.  This is nothing new for CCSU who is 31-11 at home over the last three plus seasons.  Under head coach Beryl Piper the Blue Devils are 5-2 in home openers, with four straight home opener victories.

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