Second Halves Continue To Haunt Women’s Basketball


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Ashley Berube (pictured above) led all CCSU scorers with 16 points against Wagner on 80 percent shooting from the field.

Trevi Alickolli, Sports Editor

The Central Connecticut Women’s Basketball team lost two games this week after an offensive explosion was not enough to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson University at home and a second-half collapse on the road allowed Wagner University to split the season series against the Blue Devils.

Central lost to the Knights 63-55 and the Seahawks 63-56.

Guard Emma McCamus exploded for 25 points on 50 percent shooting from the field against the Knights, but it was not enough as Central did not get any defensive stops late in the fourth quarter. McCamus scored seven of her 25 points from the free-throw line.

“I just got to my spots,” McCamus said. “When you’re hot, you can’t really miss, and I think it was that and I got some good foul calls that I haven’t been getting a lot recently.”

This is McCamus’ second highest-scoring game of the season, second to her 30 against Brown University back in November.

Despite averaging double-digits in scoring this season, McCamus had higher expectations than her 11.4 points per game this season.

“After I scored my career-high [against Brown], after that, I got a concussion and I had an ankle injury,” McCamus said. “I feel like I’m just now starting to get back to my game.”

Interim head coach Kerri Reaves said she was also impressed with McCamus.

“Emma scoring 25 points, playing out of position and playing so many minutes, she played fantastic,” Reaves said. “I’m not sure what more we can ask of her.”

Ashley Forker was the only other Blue Devil in double figures with 13 points. She also had four rebounds, an assist, steal and block.

Four days later, Central traveled to Wagner and got off to another good start and led by eight points at halftime. They lost the game by seven, 63-56 against the Seahawks.

After scoring 37 points in the first half, the Blue Devils scored 10 points in the third quarter and only nine in the fourth.

While they scored a total of 19 points in the second half, the Seahawks scored 19 in the fourth quarter alone. Wagner also scored 15 in the third.

Reaves said that she doesn’t think that her team losing in the second half is a trend.

“I wouldn’t call it a trend,” Reaves said. “It’s just something that’s happening to our team recently and we have to figure that out.”

McCamus scored 12 points against Wagner but was the second-leading scorer for her team. Center Ashley Berube scored 16 points on 80 percent shooting from the field. She also collected a team-high eight rebounds.

McCamus, Forker and Tiffany Slicklein were all tied with four assists, a game-high.

A game is not won on the stat sheet, but looking at the majority of the team statistics, it would appear that Central should have won this game.

The Blue Devils made one more field goal than the Seahawks, made 50 percent of their shots compared to 44.9 percent, outrebounded Wagner 30 to 26, had more assists (17-13), second-chance points (13-7), points in the paint (32-26) and bench points (19-6).

As the statistics would suggest, the game was close. It was tied 56-56 with 82 seconds remaining, then the Seahawks scored the final seven points of the game.

Reaves sees these games as learning opportunities for her team.

“Losing these close games is difficult,” Reaves said. “But every time we step out on the floor I think we learn something new about ourselves as a team, as individuals and as coaches so we can improve the next time.”

The Blue Devils have three more games remaining this season. Next, they face Merrimack University on the road before closing out their season with two home games against Long Island University and St. Francis Brooklyn University.