BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - It will be a long ride home for the CCSU womenâ€™s basketball team, but perhaps a welcomed one as well.
The Blue Devils fell Monday afternoon, 70-58, to St. Francis Brooklyn to finish 0-4 on their four-game road trip.
CCSU was down by as much as 15 in the second half and threatened to go on a run behind sophomore Ashley Berube, but eight straight points from the Terriersâ€™ Jade Johnson kept St. Francisâ€™ lead in double digits to help seal the win.
The Blue Devils (6-17, 3-10 NEC) struggled from the floor at the start, missing their first seven field goal attempts as the Terriers (15-10, 9-4) built a quick 6-0 lead. After a layup by senior Kiana Patterson off a turnover finally put CCSU in the scoring column, the offense began to find a rhythm.
Sophomore Tiffany Slicklein recorded another layup off a steal just before the first quarter buzzer to pull the Blue Devils within three.
Despite the brief spark from CCSUâ€™s offense, the Terriers extended their lead in the second quarter as the Blue Devilsâ€™ shooters retreated back into a funk. CCSU ended the half shooting just 31 percent from the floor, while St. Francis pulled down 4 rebounds to eliminate any second chances off the Blue Devilsâ€™ plethora of missed shots.
CCSU finished the day just 3-for-18 from beyond the arc.
Berube did her best to keep the Blue Devils within striking distance by scoring eight points in the third quarter, but the rest of the team managed just three. The offense finally found some sort of rythym in the fourth with 20 points, but it wasnâ€™t enough to erase the previous three quarters of inefficiency.
Berube finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while Patterson led all CCSU scorers with 16. Sophomore Emma McManus pulled down a career-high nine rebounds to go along with her 10 points off the bench, falling just short of a double-double.
The Blue Devilsâ€™ defense had a tough time stopping the Terriersâ€™ scoring duo of Johnson and Maria Palarino, who finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively.
CCSU is back at home on Saturday for a double header with the menâ€™s team against Sacred Heart. The women tip off at 1 p.m. with the menâ€™s game slated to start at 3:30 p.m.