The Central Connecticut women's basketball team conclude its 2016-17 regular season campaign at Bryant on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in Smithfield, RI. Last time they met, CCSU triumphed over the Bulldogs, 53-52, on an Andi Lydon (23 pts) turn-around jumper in the lane with 6.5 seconds left.
The NEC Tournament Field will be determined proceeding Monday night's Northeast Conference women's basketball contests. The quarterfinal games will be played on Sunday, March 5, the semifinals will be on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m., and the NEC title game is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.
CCSU (10-18, 9-8 NEC) at Bryant (15-13, 10-7 NEC) | Monday | Feb. 27 | 7:00 PM | Chace Wellness Center | Smithfield, RI
GAME NOTES | CCSU
Previously For Both Teams • Central rolled past the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, 71-44, in its largest marginal win of the year on Senior Day. Kiana Patterson paced CCSU with 17 pts. Bryant last snuck by Wagner 58-55, in Staten Island, NY. Alex Klein scored a game high 19 points for the Bulldogs.
Series History (8-9) • Monday marks the 18th meeting between CCSU and Bryant, with Central entering the match two games behind in the all-time series. Last season Bryant swept the Blue Devils an average margin of 13 points. The Bulldogs last stole a victory away from Central at home, 65-53, and defended their own home turf topping the New Britain squad, 70-56.
Last Time Out • CCSU out-muscled the Northeast Conference's top rebounding team, 41-38, and held Bryant's leading scorer, Alex Klein, to a mere nine points in the win. Lydon finished with a game high 23 points, and senior Chayla Lewis contributed a season high eight points and career best seven rebounds in her second start this year. The Blue Devils shot 33.8% from the field on the night.
Battling the Bulldogs • Alex Klein leads the team in scoring with 14.6 ppg. in conference place. Klein is seventh in scoring, and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg.) in the league. As a unit, Bryant is first in the NEC in free throw percentage (75.4%), and three-point shooting defense, holding its opponents to just 26.5% from behind the arc. In contrast, Bryant ranks last in the NEC is three's made per game, netting an average of just 3.76.
Getting on the Glass • Central Connecticut sits at second in the rebounding standings in the NEC, averaging 42.2 boards per game. Led by Reynoso as the leagues second offsenive rebounder throughout the 2016-17 season with (80) 2.96 per game.