by Nick Arias
Following a historic night against LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, the St. Francis Women’s basketball team (15-10, 9-4 NEC) defeated Central Connecticut State University (6-17, 4-5 NEC) in a final score of 70-58.
St. Francis has won four out of their last five games played in conference matchups and are now tied in second place with Sacred Heart University and Saint Francis (PA) in the NEC standings.
The Terriers started off today’s game with a 10-2 run and kept the Blue Devils scoreless within the first five minutes of the first quarter. With only being up by three at the end of the first, the Terriers executed well defensively only allowing the Blue Devils to shoot a total of 25% from the field.
Senior Lorraine Hickman made back-to-back layups to bring the Terriers up by 13 points with 1:25 left in the first half. Bruna Vila Artigues on the Blue Devils then assisted the ball to teammate Emma McCamus, followed by a three pointer of her own to bring the score down to eight points.
The Terriers led the remainder of the game as they were able to lead the Blue Devils by as much as 18 points with less than 5 minutes left in the game.
Jade Johnson was the leading scorer for St. Francis as she led with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Right behind Johnson was Senior Maria Palarino with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.
For the Blue Devils, three players finished in double-digit points as Kiana Patterson finished with 16 points, Ashley Burbe ended with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Emma McCamus ended with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
With this win for the Terriers, they have now clinched a spot in the 2019 NEC tournament and will now have a chance to make it to the March Madness tournament for the second time after making their first appearance back in 2015.
This is the third straight season in which the St. Francis Women’s basketball team have made the NEC tournament. Last season, the Terriers finished third place in the final standings in the conference which was the highest they’ve ever been placed in team’s history and are looking to finish higher than that this season.
The Terriers will now head back on the road for the next two games as they will now play the number one seed team in the Northeast Conference, Robert Morris University, on February 23rdat 1:00pm.