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Flash women lose to team will play in first round of playoffs

March 5, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Four players posted double-figures for the St. Francis women's basketball team, but it was not enough as the Flash fell to Central Connecticut State, 76-71, in the final regular season contest for both teams Monday night.

Alli Williams led the Red Flash (15-14, 10-8) with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 21st double-double effort of the season. Jaclyn Babe scored 20 first-half points and finished with 29 for the Blue Devils (16-13, 10-8), who will come to Loretto this Sunday for a Northeast Conference tournament matchup.

SFU trailed early in the first half, CCSU led by as many as nine with 10:12 to go in the frame. The Flash went on a 6-0 run to narrow the margin to one after a reverse lay-up from Shene Fleming. After a three from Alexa Hayward, the score was tied up at 23 apiece. The Blue Devils went on a late 8-0 run and went into the break with a six point lead.

Coming out of halftime, the Flash scored seven unanswered points to take a 35-34 lead. CCSU went on another 8-0 run to regain the lead. Nickia Gibbs made back-to-back jumpers to narrow the margin to six, forcing a Blue Devils timeout at the 10:51 mark.

CCSU continued to hold a lead, despite the Flash threatening several times. Hayward knocked down a triple with just four seconds to play to get SFU within two, but time ran out before St. Francis could get any closer.

Nickia Gibbs finished with 16 points on a 5-10 shooting night for the Flash. Rebecca Sparks added 11, including five from the charity stripe. Alexa Hayward posted 10 points to round out the players in double-figures.

St. Francis, the No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 Central Connecticut on Sunday, March 10 at DeGol Arena. The time will be determined at a later day.

ST. FRANCIS?(71): Williams 5-13 5-8 17, Gibbs 5-10 6-8 16, Hayward 4-7 0-0 10, Keegan 2-6 2-3 6, Fleming 3-4 0-0 6, Sparks 3-8 5-8 11, Perkins 1-2 0-0 2, Doogan 0-2 2-3 2, Carangelo 0-2 1-2 1, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Brock 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-56 21-32 71.

CENTRAL?CONNECTICUT STATE (76): Ja. Babe 8-11 12-14 29, Daamen 2-4 4-4 8, Je. Babe 2-7 3-3 8, Arbogast 3-8 2-2 8, Thomas 1-7 0-1 2, Watras 5-9 10-12 21, Dillon 0-1 0-0 0, Makins 0-2 0-0 0, Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 21-51 31-36 76.

Halftime: CC State, 34-28. 3-point field goals: SFU 4-17 (Williams 2-5, Gibbs 0-1, Hayward 2-5, keegan 0-1, Perkins 0-1, Doogan 0-2, Carangelo 0-1, Brock 0-1). CCS 3-9 (Ja. Babe 1-1, Je.?Babe 1-3, Arbogast 0-2, Watras 1-3). Rebounds: SFU 31 (Williams 10). CCS 38 (Thomas 10). Assists: SFU 8 (Gibbs 3). CCS 9 (Watras 3). Technical fouls: None. Attendance: 612.

 
 

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