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Cats Comeback Falls Short

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

 Niki Taylor scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Vermont Catamounts, but the Central Connecticut Blue Devils posted an 82-68 victory over UVM in non-conference women's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Sunday.  CCSU improves to 5-3 overall, while Vermont falls to 3-4 on the season.

Kaylea Britton added 15 points off the bench and Jordan Eisler chipped in 10 points and five assists for UVM.  Taylor also led the Catamounts on the boards with six rebounds.

Central Connecticut's Jessica Babe led all scorers with 24 points on 7-for-13 shooting and was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.  Lauren Arbogast added 14 points and Tejahne Malone chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

Vermont fell behind 26-8 to start the game as Central Connecticut shot 66 percent from the field (10-for-15) in the first 11 minutes of the half.  The Catamounts used an 11-2 run to climb back within seven with 3:32 left and a basket by Annie Wheeler at the 2:14 mark sliced CCSU's lead to five, 33-28.

The Blue Devils took a 36-28 lead into halftime and finished the first 20 minutes shooting 48 percent from the floor, while UVM shot 37.5 percent.

UVM scored the first six points of the second half to slice the lead to two, but CCSU answered with a 9-0 run to push its lead to 11, 45-34 at the 14:17 mark. 

Vermont rallied with a 13-5 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Kayla Burchill to climb back within three at the eight-minute mark, but Babe scored five of Central Connecticut's next eight points to push the Blue Devils lead back to six with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

Another 3-pointer by Burchill sparked a 6-2 spurt and the Catamounts came within one of the Blue Devils, 58-57, with 5:47 left.  However, CCSU pushed its lead back to double-digits with a 12-4 run and maintained the lead over the final two minutes to post the victory.

Central Connecticut finished the day shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while the Catamounts shot 43.6 percent for the game, 48.4 percent in the second half alone.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday (Dec. 14) when it travels to Rhode Island for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

Courtesy:  UVM Athletics

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