The Win Gives CCSU A Five-Game Win Streak
By Corey Pollnow
Intensity is what the CCSU Women’s team brought for the entirety of their 55-29 win over St. Francis (NY) on Saturday afternoon in Detrick Gym.
“An unbelievable defensive effort,” said Coach Piper.
Coming into the NEC matchup, St. Francis averaged 58 points per game. The Blue Devils played stifling defense and rotated well to help out on the weak side. The result was a frustrated St. Francis team that shot 21 percent for the game.
“We talked about protecting our house. Last year we didn’t always do a great job of that and we’ve done a really good job this year and we really wanted to say no losses this year [at home],” said guard Jessica Babe.
The Blue Devils are riding a five game winning streak and hold onto second place in the NEC standings with five wins and two losses.
Sarah Benedetti, St. Francis’s leading scorer (12 points per game) was limited to 6 points on 1 for 10 shooting.
The Terriers rely heavily on their 3-point shooting ability. For the season they’ve shot 35 percent, but Piper’s gals took away St. Francis’s strength and held them to 2 for 13.
“Kaley Watras had [Benedetti] for most of the game. She did a phenomenal job of being on her on the catch,” said Coach Piper.
6’ 3” Senior Kirsten Daamen played tough in the paint and bruised anyone that dared enter her territory.
Coach Piper joked, “She’s a dominator”, but when on to say, “she’s a big presence inside and especially against a team that doesn’t have any size like that. It makes a huge difference when you get beat [off the dribble] and you have her waiting there. It gets everyone fired up when she gets blocks.”
Daamen finished the game with 11 points and four blocks in 21 minutes.
Jessica Babe had 13 points and nine rebounds. Her sister, Jaclyn Babe, had 11 points and three assists.
Jaclyn continues to hit her jump shots in transition near the elbow of the court.
“Those are the type of things that make teams dejected and frustrated,” said Coach Piper.
The girls will be tested in the next week with two road games in three days; Feb. 2nd at Fairleigh Dickinson and Feb. 4th at Monmouth.