NEW BRITAIN - The CCSU womenâ€™s basketball team was down after one quarter but dominated after that to beat Sacred Heart 67-50 and take sole possession of first place in the NEC Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils are now 3-0 in the conference.
Aleah Epps led a balanced attack for CCSU as she flirted with a triple-double. The senior guard had a game-high 15 points while adding 11 rebounds and seven assists. Epps was one of five Blue Devils to score at least eight points in the game. Sydney Hines had 13 points, Ashley Chin had 10 and Andi Lydon had 12 rebounds in the winning effort.
CCSU shot 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from three, which are numbers that jump out at you, but it won the rebounding battle 46-31. On top of its dominance on the glass, the Blue Devils also put together a great defensive effort. CCSU held Sacred Heart to 31 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from the three-point line. Katherine Haines was the only Pioneer to shoot above 50 percent in the game and did so by making seven of her 13 shots.
The Blue Devilsâ€™ overall record increased to 4-10 on the season with the win and they have now won three straight games following an eight game losing streak. Next up for CCSU is a home game against Mount St. Maryâ€™s on Monday. The Mountaineers will enter that game with a 1-2 record in the NEC.
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