Women's Basketball Tips Off 2018-19 Season at Brown

Women's Basketball Tips Off 2018-19 Season at Brown

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team will open the 2018-19 campaign against Brown University in Providence, RI on Tuesday night. The Blue Devils will tip off against the Ivy League opponent at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+. Four days later, CCSU will host Lehigh on Saturday Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. for its home opener.

The Blue Devils are coming off a season with a 7-23 overall and 7-11 NEC record. CCSU lost to Robert Morris in the 2017 Northeast Conference Quarterfinal 60-54. This season, Central was picked to finish 8th in the preseason coaches poll at the NEC Social Media Day in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclay's Center on Oct. 25. 



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THE NEW CREW: In addition to the ten returning CCSU women's basketball members, the Blue Devils welcome four newcomers to the 2018-19 team. The 14 player roster features four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, a redshirt sophomore, and three true freshman. 

CAPTAINS: Prior to the start of practice in early October, head coach Piper named senior Kiana Patterson and senior Andi Lydon as the 2018-19 women's basketball team captains. Patterson was named to the NEC All-Conference Second Team last season, started all 30 games for the Blue Devils averaging 31.6 minutes per game. She averaged a team high 13.9 points per game, 3.4 assists, and shot .415 from behind the arc. Lydon also started all 30 games last season and averaged a team-high 6.3 rebounds and led the Blue Devils with 32 steals. She was second on the team with 11.1 points per game.

BROWN MATCHUP: Brown finished with an overall 15-12 record in 2017-18 going 3-11 in conference play, finishing sixth in the Ivy League. Brown returns 87 percent of its scoring and 76 percent of its rebounding from last season including a pair of All-Ivy performers senior guard Shayna Mehta and junior guard Justine Gaziano. 

LAST MEETING: The last time CCSU played Brown was its 2017-18 home opener. After facing a 23-0 Brown run to open the game, the Blue Devils cut the Bears lead down to eight with 5:53 left in the third quarter but could not overcome the deficit and lost 78-55.

UP NEXT: Following the trip to Brown, the Central Connecticut women's basketball team will host Lehigh in its home-opener on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. inside Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT.