LIU Brooklyn looks to sweep CCSU VARYING EXPERIENCE: Long Island-Brooklyn has leaned on senior leadership this year while Central Connecticut has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Sharks, seniors Raiquan Clark, Ty Flowers and Julian Batts have collectively scored 55 percent of the team’s points this season, including 65 percent of all Sharks points over their last five. On the other bench, freshmen Greg Outlaw, Jamir Reed, Myles Baker and Xavier Wilson have combined to account for 48 percent of Central Connecticut’s scoring this season.NEC IMPROVEMENT: The Blue Devils have scored 64.3 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 56.7 per game they managed in non-conference play.CLUTCH CLARK: Clark has connected on 38.2 percent of the 55 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 14 over his last five games. He’s also made 66.5 percent of his free throws this season.YET TO WIN: The Sharks are 0-8 when they score 66 points or fewer and 11-5 when they exceed 66 points. The Blue Devils are 0-23 when they fail to score more than 78 points and 2-0 on the season, otherwise.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Sharks have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Blue Devils. Central Connecticut has 32 assists on 77 field goals (41.6 percent) across its past three contests while Long Island-Brooklyn has assists on 36 of 66 field goals (54.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn is ranked second among NEC teams with an average of 76.2 points per game. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Island-Brooklyn (11-13, 6-5) vs. Central Connecticut (2-23, 1-11)William H. Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Connecticut; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Long Island-Brooklyn goes for the season sweep over Central Connecticut after winning the previous matchup in Brooklyn. The teams last met on Jan. 9, when the Sharks outshot Central Connecticut from the field 54.7 percent to 50 percent and made eight more 3-pointers en route to a 12-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 12, 2020
For the second time in as many years, the UW women’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Central Connecticut State University 75-45 Friday night.The Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) saw five of their players score in double figures, as well as two others scoring 9 points.”We had almost seven players in double figures,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “That would be pretty nice if we had that every game. I’m pleased with the fact that we shared the ball and found good shots.”Wisconsin, which never trailed in the game, took the lead just five seconds into the game and never looked back. Off the opening tip, point guard Rae Lin D’Alie found a wide-open Danielle Ward under the basket for an easy layup.”I think the biggest thing we talk about is we have to have a strong start,” guard Janese Banks said. “At halftime, we went in saying we need to keep this up. We don’t want to have any letdowns. I think that’s been one of our strong points, is how we start the game.”Leading the way for the Badgers was sophomore Caitlin Gibson with 12 points. Junior guard Jolene Anderson kept her double-digit scoring streak alive at 32 consecutive games by adding 11 points. Anderson and Mariah Dunham each had eight rebounds.Coach Stone also saw strong contributions from her new players. Freshmen Teah Gant and Dunham both notched career-high point totals, scoring 10 apiece. Ivana Mijalcevic added 9 points, including her first three-pointer as a Badger.Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field while holding Central Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NEC) to just 35 percent.”We did not execute our offense, and that hurt us,” CCSU head coach Yvette Harris said. “We did not get the leadership at the point guard that I was looking for, and consequently, we did not run our plays.”Gabriella Guegbelet, CCSU’s team captain, was held in check by the stifling Badger defense. Guegbelet made just three of 11 shots on the game for 6 points.”I think that Gabby was rushing her shot,” Harris said. “She just felt a lot of pressure. She was in a hurry to try and make something happen. That hurt us because we look for her to lead us in our scoring, settle us down, and that didn’t happen for her tonight.”Leading the scoring for CCSU was senior guard Brittney Dixon. Dixon scored 12 points, including two three-pointers, and was the only Blue Devil to score in double figures.Coach Stone liked the hustle she saw out of her team Friday night, especially the play of Banks. Early in the first half, the junior went flying into the press row after diving for a loose ball.”Janese took out the monitor, the popcorn and the Coke all at once,” Stone said. “Our players are now appreciating the fact that they have an opportunity to play a game and be on the Kohl Center floor and compete, regardless of what the score is or who the opponent is. That is a tremendous sign, particularly with a young team.”Wisconsin was much improved Friday night at the free-throw line, something the team has been struggling with so far this season.Other than an early miss by Banks, the Badgers made the rest of their free throws to finish 15-16 from the line.”Janese apologized for starting off on the wrong foot because she missed the first one,” Stone joked. “This team is impressionable in what we ask them to do. We tell them to focus on certain things. They study the game plan.”UW was also successful at working the ball down low, with 44 of the team’s points coming in the paint.”We definitely emphasized that we had the height advantage,” Gibson said. “We wanted to take it to the hole. We are pretty accurate when we get it inside.”Early in the game, freshman forward Brittany Heins suffered a left ankle injury. She is listed as day-to-day; in addition, guard Annie Crangle will be out several weeks with a lower-leg injury.”It’s an overuse injury,” Stone said. “She’ll be out for a little bit. We hope to get her back as soon as we can.”Wisconsin will look to continue their home winning streak as in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (1-3, 0-0 Horizon) comes to the Kohl Center tonight.