The No. 6-seed CCSU women’s basketball team outscored host Saint Francis University 26-14 in the fourth quarter to come from behind for a 65-57 upset victory over the No. 3 seed on Sunday afternoon in the NEC Tournament quarterfinal round.
The Blue Devils went 8-of-10 from the floor in the final period as sophomore Kiana Patterson led the way with three 3-pointers, finishing with a game-high 19 points.
Senior Chayla Lewis recorded a career-high with 13 points.
Central will next play at No. 1 seed Robert Morris in the NEC semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3, seeking its first NEC title in program history.
CCSU improves to 11-19 overall and 9-9 in the conference. SFU ends the 2016-17 season at 16-14 and 13-5 in the league.
Trailing 10-6 in the first, freshman Taylor Goode sank a baseline jumper, and senior Chayla Lewis notched four points off the bench in the final minutes. The Blue Devils were down three, 16-13 after a quiet intial 10 minutes.
Freshman Cebria Outlow tabbed her first points of the game from the foul line, going 2-for-2, then found Lewis under the hoop for a layup with a no look pass. The freshman continued her first half impact, playing in her first collegiate playoff game, when she cut the Red Flash lead to 26-23 on an offensive put-back.
In the final two minutes of the first half, Outlow found senior Giocelis Reynoso for two high-low layups against SFU’s zone, bringing her assist total to six at the half.
With 4:28 on the clock in the third quarter, Reynoso stole a pass and scored a break-away lay-up while getting fouled by Jessica Kovatch, the NEC’s leading scorer, who was charged with her fourth foul, sending her to the Red Flash bench.
One minute later, Patterson gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the game, 37-36, on a 12-foot jump shot.
Saint Francis U. had won 26 previous NEC playoff games at home before falling to the Blue Devils on Sunday.
A report from ccsubluedevils.com is included in this story.