By Carmine Vetrano
Records are made to be broken. In this case, one more rebound was needed to start a new record at CCSU.
Junior forward Kerrianne Dugan was one rebound away from setting a CCSU record for a triple double in a CCSU 79-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson University back on January 30. However, the Preseason All- First NEC Team select is going to have many more chances in her already storybook career with the Blue Devils.
Dugan also recorded the first double double that game in points and assists since 1994 with 19 and 11 (she had nine rebounds).
“I was told with about five minutes left that I was close. I was trying to get that last rebound and I’m very disappointed I wasn’t able to get it,” Dugan said. “But now I’m that much more determined to get a triple double at least before I graduate.
The Waterford native is in her third year at CCSU and was a NEC All-Rookie Team selection averaging 10 points per game. Her sophomore season brought her a trip to the NIT, as the Blue Devils were honored to have the best turnaround in NCAA Division history going 18-14 (4-25 her first year). Dugan also was selected as a member of the NEC All-Second team.
This year though, with high expectations, the team is starting to pick it up after having a slow first half. The team currently sits 6-6 in conference play, 9-13 overall.
“It is definitely tough having a losing record so far with all of the expectations we had for this season. It’s not all about the record,” Dugan explained. “Despite all of our losses, we are playing really well as a team and doing some really great things. Besides, what matters most is making the tournament because anything can happen there.”
To date, Dugan has lead the Blue Devils in scoring in seven games and leads the team in points per game with 11.8. Only adding to her legacy here CCSU basketball.
“I feel that I have expanded my game a little bit each season and have really grown as a player,” said Dugan. “The things that I do come from what other players do on the court.”
With a recent blow to the women’s team, two key players have been suspended from the team. Dugan is not worried though, as she feels everyone has stepped up their play after.
“It’s nice to see that everyone is stepping up, playing wise and also staying positive. It says a lot about the team as a whole having overcome some pretty big controversies throughout the season,” she said. “We are in great shape right now. We still have so many threats on the court and we didn’t peek too early.”
With the second half of the season supporting a 6-5 record, momentum can play a key factor heading into post season play.
“I want us to win our last few regular season games to get us good placement in the NEC tournament,” said Dugan. “I want to win the NEC tournament and get to the NCAA tournament. I hope that I can continue to play well and help our team to continue our season for as long as possible.”
With one more year and the rest of this year, watch out for Dugan and Central Connecticut State University.