LORETTO, Pa - The Central Connecticut State women’s basketball team’s perfect conference record came to a halt Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Andi Lydon came away with a double-double as she scored a career-high 29 points and added 14 rebounds, yet it was not enough as the Blue Devils fells to St. Francis (PA) 87-81.
Teammate Giocelis Reynoso also recorded a double-double, adding 10 points to go along with her career-high 20 rebounds and five blocked shots.
But CCSU had trouble stopping the Red Flash’s Jessica Kovatch - the NEC’s leading scorer - who came away with a game-high 45 points on 33 shots. That, coupled with a sluggish second quarter, ultimately doomed the Blue Devils.
After a strong first quarter that saw Central (7-11, 6-1) go up by six, St. Francis (9-9, 6-1) went on a 17-2 run to start the second and finally took the lead at the 6:36 mark on a Mya Wynn three-pointer. During that run, the Blue Devils turned the ball over 12 times and went five minutes without finding the inside of the basket.
The Red Flash took a 45-40 lead at the break with Kovatch having notched 22 points on 17 attempts.
CCSU, though, was able to turn things around at the beginning of the third quarter, going on a 10-5 run that managed to swing to lead back in its favor thanks to five straight points from Lydon. But the team still trailed 68-67 heading into the final frame.
Kovatch hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc to extend St. Francis’ lead to eight with four minutes to do. Lydon, however, hit a jumper to make it a one-possession game and sank a free throw to bring the score to 82-81 with a 1:50 left. Kovatch would then seal the victory with her ninth three of the game.
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