Camden, NJ (2/2/08) – Senior guard Jessica Garrabrant (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) notched a double-double with game-high totals of 12 points and 13 rebounds to power the Montclair State University women’s basketball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 69-46, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
The Red Hawks, who improve to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in the NJAC, have won four of their last five games. Rutgers-Camden, 7-13 overall and 1-7 in the NJAC, has lost two straight.
Montclair State raced to a 20-point halftime lead and was never threatened, winning despite a milestone by Rutgers-Camden senior guard Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional). Hafiz collected a game-high four steals to break the all-time school record for steals – for either the men’s or women’s program – as she passed the club mark of 345 set by Tamara Carey from 1991-95.
The Red Hawks grabbed a 37-17 halftime lead as sophomore forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ/Colts Neck) and Garrabrant each collected eight points in the half. Garrabrant added nine rebounds, while Cristino had three blocked shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Cristino finished with 11 points and four blocks for Montclair State, which holds a 28-15 lead in the all-time series.
Junior guard Marianne McGovern (Fair Lawn, NJ/Paramus Catholic) collected 10 points for the Red Hawks, who shot 29-for-56 (51.8 percent) from the floor and held a 41-29 advantage off the boards.
Rutgers-Camden received 10 points from Hafiz, while senior guard Amber Parker (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) added nine.
Senior forward Jennifer Smith (Sicklerville, NJ/Williamstown), senior guard Krystal Jankowski (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) and sophomore center Karima Blackwell (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) each had five rebounds to tie for the Lady Raptor team high.
Rutgers-Camden shot 3-7 percent (18-for-55) from the floor in the game, including 26.1 percent (6-for-23) in the opening half.Montclair State returns to action on Wendesday, February 6 as the Red Hawks play a 5:30 p.m. NJAC North contest at the Golden Dome against Rutgers-Newark. It will be the second meeting between the two this season with MSU posting a 60-53 win at Panzer Gym on January 9.