CCSU women's basketball routed by Robert Morris in conference opener

Published on Thursday, 2 January 2020 19:08
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NEW BRITAIN - After getting its first win of the season to close non-conference play, the CCSU women’s basketball team was emphatically denied any chance of a winning streak.

The Blue Devils were routed by Robert Morris on Thursday night, committing 27 turnovers in an 86-56 loss to open NEC play.

The Colonials (6-6) enjoyed an efficient night from the floor, shooting 50 percent from the field thanks to 48 points in the paint, while the defense suffocated CCSU (1-11) from the opening tip, grabbing 17 steals.

Nneka Ezeigbo led Robert Morris with a game-high 24 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the floor. The Blue Devils were led by Emma McManus and Ashley Berube, who finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Blue Devils took an early 7-5 lead after a pair of Berube free throws, but the Colonials went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes of the first quarter, forcing three turnovers and taking a 16-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Esther Castedo with 3:48 left in the opening period.

CCSU responded with four straight points, the latter a layup by Berube, to cut the deficit to five, but once again, Robert Morris went on a run, rattling off a 7-0 run, with all seven points being scored by Ezeigbo.

The Blue Devils managed to trim the deficit down to four by midway through the second quarter, but the Colonials closed the half on another 7-0 run to enter the break with a 15-point lead.

CCSU committed another four turnovers during the Robert Morris run, and finished with a total of 16 giveaways in the first half.

Ashley Forker opened the second half with a layup for the Blue Devils, but the rest of the third quarter belonged to Robert Morris.

The Colonials’ lead never dipped below 13, and with a 16-point lead in the waning seconds of the period, Ezeigbo put home a layup at the buzzer to put CCSU down 64-46 heading into the fourth.

Things only got worse for the Blue Devils in the fourth.

Leading 71-49 with 7:33 left in the game after Toppin buried a jumper for CCSU, Robert Morris went on a 9-0 run behind two more forced turnovers to take a commanding 80-49 lead with five minutes remaining, putting the game effectively out of reach.

The Blue Devils will try again for their first conference victory on Saturday when they host Saint Francis at 1 p.m.

Posted in The Bristol Press, CCSU on Thursday, 2 January 2020 19:08. Updated: Thursday, 2 January 2020 19:10.