The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will #Play4Kay against the league leading, Robert Morris Colonials on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will be in tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition, the Central volleyball and football teams are holding a school supply donation drive to benefit Smalley Academy in New Britain, CT. Donations will be collected at the main entrance to Detrick Gymnasium throughout the CCSU men's and women's double-header.
Robert Morris comes to New Britain hotter than any team in the league on an eight-game winning streak, and is tied with Sacred Heart at (11-3) at the helm of the conference standings. A Blue Devil win Saturday would give CCSU a two-game cushion in fourth place, if Bryant (7-7, fifth place) falls to visiting Saint Francis U. (10-4, third place), while knocking the Colonials out of first place.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (9-16, 8-6 NEC) vs. ROBERT MORRIS (16-9, 11-3 NEC)
Saturday | Feb. 18 | 1:00 PM | Detrick Gymnasium | New Britain, CT
Previously For Both Teams • The Blue Devils were shorted at FDU, 77-64, last Monday in Hackensack, NJ. The Colonials last topped Mount St. Mary's at home, 70-58, shooting 51.0% from the field, and outrebounding the Mount 39-to-14.
The Colonials on the Charts • Robert Morris not only sits at the top of the league standings, but also ranks first in three different statistical categories. From the floor, RMU is shooting 41.2%, and holding its opponents to an average of 37.8% per game. In addtion, the Colonials are netting 34.5% of their three-point attempts, led by the NEC"s three-point top gun, Megan Smith, who is making 51.0% (26-of-51) from downtown.
Series History (14-21) • Saturday's contest marks the 36th meeting between Central Connecticut and Robert Morris, with RMU holding a seven-game advantage in the series. The Blue Devils dropped the first game this season, 55-46, at Moon Township, PA. During the 2015-16 regular season, Central prevailed at home against Robert Morris, 48-39, on Jan. 25. The Colonials got the best of CCSU in their last meeting on Feb. 8 winning, 72-55.
Last Meeting • In a game that featured nine lead changes and nine other ties, CCSU held the Colonials to just 32.2% shooting from the field, nearly 10.0% under their average. However, RMU pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Central 21-12, led by three three-pointers from Anna Nikki Stamolamprou. Aleah Epps (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Andi Lydon (10 points and 10 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for the Blue Devils.
KEY-Ana • Patterson's six three's at St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 31, tied her for third all-time for most single-game three-pointers. The sophomore is now in second place in the all-time school record books for most single-season three-pointers, accumulating 58 on the year, passing Leanna Crockett's 57 three's ('09-'10).
RMU's Dictators • Anna Nikki Stamolamprou is the Colonials number one offense producer, and the NEC's second ranked scorer, averaging 15.9 points per game. Janee Brown is responsible for 97 of the teams 354 assists on the year, dishing out a league second best, 3.88 per game. Brown only turns the ball over 2.6 times per match, making her assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52) first in the NEC.
Up Next For CCSU • Current third place holder, Saint Francis U visits Central Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 20 for a President's Day game at 2:00. All fans will receive FREE ADMISSION to the game in honor of the holiday. Women's basketball's Senior Day will be Saturday, Feb. 25 against St. Francis Brooklyn beginning at 1:00 p.m.