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Flash earn playoff spot

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The Saint Francis University women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the four-team Northeast Conference playoffs with an 80-67 win over Central Connecticut State Thursday.

Bellwood-Antis graduate Karson Swogger scored 20 points for the Flash, now 13-8 overall and 11-4 in the league. Bishop Guilfoyle graduate Lili Benzel, Jada Dapaa and Jenna Mastellone each scored 12 points, and Everett graduate Kaitlyn Maxwell scored 11.

SAINT FRANCIS (80): Swogger 7-11 2-2 20, Benzel 5-12 0-0 12, Maxwell 4-8 0-0 11, Dettwiller 2-3 0-0 4, Thomas 1-3 1-1 3, Dapaa 6-7 0-0 12, Mastellone 4-10 2-2 12, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 1-2 0-0 2, Kovac 0-0 2-2 2, Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 31-59 7-7 80.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (67): Napoleon 5-7 1-1 11, Forker 4-7 2-2 10, Toppin 1-3 3-3 5, Jenkins 1-5 0-0 2, Reynolds 0-3 0-0 0, Lanpher 4-14 7-10 15, Delano 4-9 0-0 11, Rodriguez 2-6 2-2 8, Sutherland 2-4 0-0 5, Napoli 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 23-58 15-18 67.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Saint Francis 25 21 13 21 — 80

Central Conn. State 21 12 20 14 — 67

3-point goals: Saint Francis 11-24 (Swogger 4-7, Maxwell 3-3, Benzel 2-7, Mastellone 2-4, Allen 0-1, Thomas 0-2); Central Conn. State 5-20 (Delano 3-7, Rodriguez 2-3, Sutherland 1-1, Jenkins 0-3, Toppin 0-2, Lanpher 0-2, Forker 0-1, Reynolds 0-1). Assists: Saint Francis 17 (Thomas 5); Central Conn. State 9 (Lanpher 4). Rebounds: Saint Francis 35 (Dapaa 8); Central Conn. State 29 (Napoleon 8).

Records: Saint Francis (13-8, 11-4 NEC); C. Conn. State (4-13, 4-13 NEC).

Women: Saint Francis at CCSU

Tipoff: 4 p.m., Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Conn.

Records: Saint Francis (13-8 overall, 11-4 Northeast Conference); Central Connecticut State (4-13, 4-13).

Video: NEC Front Row

Internet: www.ccsubluedevils.com

Notable: With the win last night, Saint Francis clinched a spot in the four team NEC Tournament that is scheduled to begin … Karson Swogger led five SFU players in double figures with a game-high 20 points … The Red Flash knocked down 11-of-24 (46-percent) from 3-point range.

Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 77, Central Connecticut State 63

Mirror prediction record: 16-5

— Nate Ritchey

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