SMITHFIELD, RI â€“ The CCSU womenâ€™s basketball team appeared to be in a tight battle down the stretch during Saturdayâ€™s game against Bryant, but a late Bulldogs run ruined any chance of coming away with a tough road win.
Bryant rattled off an 11-0 run with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to turn a 5-point lead into a 16-point cushion, leading to a 59-47 loss for the Blue Devils, who dropped to 1-11 in NEC play.
Bruna Vila Artigues was the only CCSU scorer in double figures, finishing with 11 points on the day, just two shy of her career high.
The Bulldogs put away the game with a late run, but also opened the contest in similar fashion, jumping out to an 8-1 lead at the start of the first quarter. The Blue Devils were held without a field goal until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter, when Emma McCamus finished a 3-point play to cut into Bryantâ€™s lead.
Tiffany Slicklein helped CCSU draw closer at the start of the second, drilling a corner three to pull the Blue Devils to within three. The Bulldogs responded and extended their lead, but once again CCSU fought back, scoring nine unanswered points on a trio of 3-pointers by Artigues and Jewel Porter to pull within 28-26 at the break.
The Blue Devils shot a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown in the second quarter.
CCSU trailed by eight heading into the fourth and clawed back within five before Bryant finally pulled away for good with its 11-0 run.
The Blue Devils will have a chance for payback in their next contest, when they host the Bulldogs next Saturday at 1 p.m.