By Corey Pollnow
In the early-bird game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Detrick Gym, the Women’s basketball team took on Wagner and stomped out the Seahawks 82-53.
With their third win in a row, CCSU improved to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in the Northeastern Conference and are tied with three other teams for fourth in the NEC.
CCSU was led by Kirsten Daamen who tied her season-high with 21 points and came up huge on the glass with 11 rebounds; six of them offensive.
“The guards did a really good job of passing the ball inside which always helps. The game plan was to go inside and look for if we have a shot or kick out for the guards to shoot it,” said Daamen.
Jaclyn Babe was very efficient in her 21 minutes on the floor. Babe tallied 19 points on nine for 13 shooting. She also picked up four rebounds and six assists; four of them to Daamen.
“We felt we could dominate inside against this team. They don’t have the bodies to play against our big kids. It’s a good day when our post players are scoring a lot of points for us. Were a good team when our post players are scoring. Jackie Babe was a big part of that. She had six assists on the night,” said Coach Piper.
The Blue Devils hammered the Seahawks on the glass by an astronomical margin of 61 to 23; 22 of the Blue Devils 61 rebounds came on the offensive end.
Jaclyn and Jessica Babe controlled the tempo by pushing the ball throughout the entirety of the game. Wagner struggled defensively in transition and the Blue Devils took full advantage of it by hitting a barrage of jumpers in transition.
Johnna Fisher gave CCSU some great minutes off the bench. Her presence and energy was instantaneous and was extremely active on both ends of the floor. In 11 minutes Fisher contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds and played stellar defense.
“When you have a game where everybody gets to play, and you have five freshmen on the floor at the end of the game, you know that’s a good day. We don’t have too many of those nights where we can play everybody. Most of our games in our conference are really close. It’s really nice to be able to come out today and be able to execute and do the things that we needed to do to give everybody an opportunity to play basketball today,” said Coach Piper.
In the preseason NEC poll CCSU was predicted to finish eighth in the conference. They continue to prove their pundits wrong as they’ve won five games in a row at Detrick Gym, but in order to come out on top of the NEC they’re going to have to against their opponents on the road.
The girls’ next game is at home on Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m. vs St. Francis (NY).