The Central Connecticut women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Rider. The Blue Devils (5-3) have not played since an 82-68 victory over Vermont on Dec. 8. The Broncs (3-5) are the only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent that CCSU will face this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium on the Rider campus.
Today • The Blue Devils (5-3) travel to Rider (3-5) for a non-conference women's basketball game. The Blue Devils and Broncs met last season in New Britain with CCSU pulling out a dramatic 62-61 victory in overtime.
Up Next • The Blue Devils will host Hofstra on Dec. 30 to close out non-conference play. Northeast Conference action begins on Jan. 4 with Robert Morris visiting Detrick Gym and on Jan. 6 Saint Francis U will travel to New Britain.
Series History • The Broncs hold a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the Blue Devils won last season's meeting. CCSU also won the last meeting prior to last season, a 75-66 victory in 1991-92. The Blue Devils have a current two-game winning streak with Rider's five wins coming in the first five meetings of the series.
vs. the MAAC • The Blue Devils are 1-0 this season against members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a victory over Siena on Dec. 3 at Detrick Gym. Head Coach Beryl Piper is 5-0 against teams from the MAAC in her career. She has victories over St. Peter's, Rider and three against Siena, including this season.
UMass Lowell • The Blue Devils scheduled game with UMass Lowell was postponed because the River Hawks were unable to travel to New Britain as a result of the winter weather. A rescheduled date and time have yet to be determined.
NEC Player of the Week • Senior Jessica Babe was named Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. Babe sparked the Blue Devils to a double-digit margin of victory in a pair of non-conference games last week with a career-high 24 points on Sunday at Vermont and 16 points against Siena on Dec. 3. Babe finished the week averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She shot 50.0% (11-22) from the field, 85.7% (6-7) from three and 75.0% (12-16) from the free throw line over the two games.
Last Game • The Blue Devils went on the road and defeated Vermont 82-68 on Sunday. Senior Jessica Babe led the offense with 24 points. She was joined in double-digits by senior Lauren Arbogast (14 points) and sophomore TeJahne Malone (10 points). Malone also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double.