The Central Connecticut women's basketball team fell to Sacred Heart 54-52 on Monday night in Detrick Gymnasium.
Tied at 52 with 1:02 to play, the Blue Devils forced a shot clock violation and took the ball with 32.9 seconds left. Sophomore Forever Toppin had a open shot at the rim, but came up short allowing SHU to have the final possession with 3.9 to play. Jayla Davis drove straight to the basket and finished at the rim with .6 seconds left on the clock giving the Pioneers the win.
The Blue Devils fall to 2-18 on the year and 1-8 in conference, while Sacred Heart improves to 8-11 and 5-3 in league.
Score: Central Connecticut 52, Sacred Heart 54
Records: CCSU (2-18, 1-8 NEC), SHU (8-11, 5-3 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium | New Britain, CT
- Central got off to a strong offensive start going connecting on its first 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) shots taking an early 11-4 lead.
- The Blue Devils held the Pioneers to just three made baskets (3-15) in the opening quarter.
- Ashley Berube scored nine first quarter points shooting 4-5 from the floor, including a three pointer from the top of the key.
- Forever Toppin drilled a step-back three to beat the buzzer putting Central ahead 22-10 at the end of the first.
- The Blue Devils extended the lead to 14 midway through the second quarter.
- Emma McCamus scored six of Central's 11 points in the third quarter.
- The Pioneers went on a 19-0 run and lead 52-45 with 3:33 left in the game.
- Tiffany Slicklein finished an old-fashion three-point play putting Central within two with 2:47 left in the game.
NUMBER TO KNOW
20 - Central had 20 bench points compared to Sacred Heart's six.
- Berube was two rebounds shy of a double-double finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds.
- McCamus was the only other Blue Devil to score double-digits with 12 points.
- Central won the battle of the boards 41-34.
- The Blue Devils led for 31:54 of the game.
Central heads back on the road for three games starting at Robert Morris on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.