WRITTEN BY SADE FALEBITA AND JUSTIN WORSLEY

The St. Francis College women’s basketball team falls to Central Connecticut State 67-51 on Monday.

Jaymee Veney led St. Francis in scoring with a team-high 17 points against CCSU

GAME RECAP: Jaclyn Babe (22 points) and Kirsten Daamen (19 points) led Central Connecticut over St. Francis as the Terriers struggled offensively the entire game. However Jaymee Veney led St. Francis with a team high of 17 points as she made 7 of 11 shots from the field while hitting all three of her free throws.

The Terriers were dominated in the paint as the Blue Devils outrebounded the hosts by a 34-25 margin. CCSU also had nine more team assists that led to 18 points. Despite having two more turnovers than St. Francis, CCSU managed to capitalize with 14 points off SFC’s miscues.

The Blue Devils started the second half with a five point lead but put their foot on the gas in the final 20 minutes of play en route to a 16 point victory.

For the game Central Connecticut shot 50 percent from the floor (23 of 46) and from behind the arc (4 of 8) while shooting 85 percent (17 of 20) from the foul line. On the other hand, St. Francis shot a subpar 35 percent (18 of 51) from the field and a miserable 16.7 percent (2 of 12) from long distance but connected on 13 of 17 free throw attempts (76.5 %).

St. Francis’ (3-20) next game will be on Sunday, February 12 on the road against Long Island University (17-7).
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FINAL: CCSU 67- SFC 51
1:26- Terriers are down 62-49 after a media timeout.

3:54- SFC trails 56-44 after foul line jumper by Daamen.

5:41- CCSU takes 50-42 lead after Babe hits 1 of 2 from the line.

8:56- St. Francis is down 45-37 after Simpson knocks one down from long distance.

14:04- Blue Devils up 39-30 after quick 6-0 run capped off by Watras’ 3 pointer.

17:39- Terriers trail 33-30 after Kaufman converts conventional 3-point play.
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FIRST HALF RECAP:
After playing better defense, St. Francis has limited Central Connecticut to 45.5 percent (10 of 22) shooting from the field. Babe leads the Blue Devils with 13 points thus far.

Despite shooting only 39 percent (9 of 23) from the floor in the first half St. Francis only trails by 5 points. Veney leads the Terriers with 12 points in 16 minutes of action.
St. Francis was fueled in the first half by their bench as they scored 11 points compared to just 3 points by CCSU’s bench.

Both teams have converted 81.8 percent (9 of 11) of their free throws. However Central Connecticut is shooting an impressive 60 percent (3 of 5) from behind the arc while St. Francis has yet to make a single 3-pointer.
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HALFTIME: St. Francis 27- Central Connecticut 32

1:18- SFC trails 28-25 after Bingham hits both foul shots.

3:15- St. Francis is down 28-19 after Veney’s lay-up.

7:52- Central Connecticut leads 24-15 after St. Francis calls a timeout.

12:05- Terriers trail 20-10 after a Blue Devil turnover.

14:20- CCSU leads 14-6 after basket by Arbogast (4 points).

15:28- St. Francis trails 9-6 after basket by Kaufman.

18:30- Central Connecticut scores first points of game and lead 2-0 after basket by Arbogast.

Australians Eilidh Simpson and Jessica Kaufman are named among the starters for St. Francis College against Central Connecticut state as the players warm up.
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GAME PREVIEW

St. Francis (3-19, 2-9) lost back-to-back games to St. Francis University (PA) and Bryant. Central Connecticut State (10-12, 4-7) is also on a two-game skid after winning four of their previous five games.

Despite the losing record, Central Connecticut State has one of the conference toughest defenses, only allowing 58 points per game, the third lowest in the NEC. The Lady Terriers have a stout defense as well and are just behind Central Connecticut State in the rankings, allowing 58.3 points per game.

Both teams, however, are struggling offensively. SFC women are last in the conference, averaging 46.8 points per game. Central Connecticut State is eighth in the conference with 57.8 points per game.

St. Francis will also hope to be able to utilize Jaymee Veney more in this game. Against Bryant, Veney scored eight points and was a perfect four-for-four from the floor, but found herself in early foul trouble and was limited to just 15 minutes of action. Veney leads all Lady terriers with 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

SFC will also need to come up with a plan to stop Central Connecticut State center Kirsten Daamen. The 6-foot-3 junior was just short of a double-double against LIU-Brooklyn last Saturday with eight points and nine rebounds. For the season, Daamen is averaging 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Sisters Jaclyn and Jessica Babe are also scoring in double-figures for the Lady Blue Devils, averaging 13.5 and 10.5 points per game.

The Blue Devils also lead the all-time series against St. Francis College with a 19-7 overall record. St. Francis has not defeated Central Connecticut State since Jan. 5, 2008.

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