SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Central Connecticut women’s basketball team trailed by just three points with 1:08 remaining on Monday night but Bryant scored the game’s final three points, all on free throws, to lock up a 70-64 win at home.
The Blue Devils game out of the gate strong, taking a 14-10 lead into the second quarter. Despite being outscored 21-19 in the second frame, CCSU held a two-point advantage at the halfway mark.
But it was the Bulldogs’ turn to come out hot in the second half, spelling the fall of the Blue Devils. Bryant put up 23 points in the third to CCSU’s 12, which led to the Blue Devils trailing 54-45 heading into the final quarter.
In the first 10:52 of the fourth, CCSU outscored the Bulldogs 19-13 to cut the deficit to the aforementioned three points. But the Blue Devils could not close the deal.
Cebria Outlow set the pace for the Blue Devils, leading the team in scoring with 17 points, while Kiana Patterson was right behind her with 15. Bryant was led by Alex Klein, with 23 points, and Haley Connors, with 17 points.
CCSU was bested by the Bulldogs in almost every statistical category in the game. Bryant made more field goals and at a higher percentage than the Blue Devils and the same was true for three-point shots. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Blue Devils on both ends of the floor, played with the lead longer, nearly doubled them up in assists and had more fast-break points and points off turnovers.
CCSU had Bryant beat in a few positive categories but also had more personal fouls and turnovers.