HACKENSACK, NJ - The CCSU womenâ€™s basketball team made a bid for a second-half comeback in Mondayâ€™s matinee against Fairleigh Dickinson, but a quiet fourth quarter sentenced the Blue Devils to another conference loss.
CCSU, down by double digits heading into the third, cut the Knightsâ€™ lead to five with 5:52 left in the quarter, but managed just nine points in the fourth as Fairleigh Dickinson pulled away for a 66-47 win, dropping the Blue Devilsâ€™ conference record to 0-7 after going winless on the three-game road trip.
Junior Ashley Berube was in her familiar spot, leading CCSU with 23 points, her third game of the year with 20 or more. Fellow junior Emma McCamus added 10, representing the only other Blue Devil to reach double figures.
Berube opened the game by scoring 10 of CCSUâ€™s first 11 points, keeping the Blue Devils within three heading into the second quarter. Trailing by six in the second after McCamus scored six straight points to deny the Knightsâ€™ effort to break the game open, Fairleigh Dickinson came alive from downtown, hitting four of its seven 3-point attempts in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead into the halftime break.
Looking to get right back in the game, the Blue Devils (1-17) cut the deficit to five with just under six minutes to go, but the Knights (7-10, 4-2 NEC) responded with a dominant 12-2 run that stretched into the early parts of the fourth quarter. CCSUâ€™s only field goal in the final period came on a driving layup from Taylor Goode, while the rest of the scoring came from the free throw line, where the Blue Devils shot an impressive 16-for-19, but managed to convert on just 30.6 percent of their shots from the field.
Fairleigh Dickinson had no such shooting struggles, hitting nine of its 18 3-points attempts thanks in part to Rachael Niles, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Lindsey Mack led the Knights with 16 points and added 10 rebounds to log her first double-double of her career.
CCSU will once again try for its first NEC win this Saturday afternoon, when it hosts Wagner at 1 p.m. The Seahawks are 2-4 in conference play but have won two in a row.