Jersey City, NJ (2/4/09) - Montclair State University outscored New Jersey City University in the second half, 41-23 to break open a three-point game and defeated the Gothic Knights, 67-46, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference North Division women’s basketball game on Wednesday night on Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.
Montclair (14-7, 8-2 NJAC) moved a half game in front of idle William Paterson University (7-2) for first place in the North Division and clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed in the division with Rutgers-Newark falling at Ramapo. MSU won its third straight game and defeated NJCU (4-18, 1-9 NJAC) for the 12th straight meeting. The Red Hawks lead the all-time series, 43-3.
Gothic Knights led for most of the first half and were ahead by four in
the period before MSU gained a 26-23 halftime lead. They were still
within three points with 13:45 left in the contest, but with only six
healthy players dressing, eventually succumbed to fatigue and foul
trouble against the deeper Red Hawks.In defeat, NJCU freshman guard Ebony Cunningham (
Red Hawks only had one player reach double figures in scoring but
capitalized on their deep bench, with all but one of their 12 players
contributing points. MSU was led by junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (
Senior guard Marianne McGovern (
Also for NJCU, junior forward Shayla Daniels (
led by four at several junctures of the opening period, including 21-17
off a Garcia triple with 3:55 left before MSU freshman guard Jaime Ericson (
MSU pulled in front by eight with 14:47 left in the second half before a Cunningham jumper and Garcia triple made it a 33-30 contest. But MSU scored 10 of the next 12 points, including six points off the bench from freshman guard Jenna Totaro (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus), and moved in front by 11, 43-32, with 11:04 remaining. NJCU couldn’t draw closer than eight the remainder of the game. MSU shot 48.4 percent in the second half (15-31); its largest lead of the game was the final score.Montclair returns to action on Saturday, February 7 as MSU plays its final regular-season home game against Ramapo College at the MSU Student Recreation Center beginning at 1:00 pm. It will be a “Pink Zone” as Montclair helps in the battle against breast cancer. MSU will be wearing Pink T-Shirts during their warmups and those same shirts will also be on sale. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™.