Radnor, PA (1/26/10) – Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA / Randolph)
finished with 16 points and eight rebounds however five Cabrini players
hit in double figures as the Cavaliers handed the Red Hawks their third
straight defeat, 65-54 on Tuesday evening.
Senior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ / Colts Neck) moved closer to the 1,000-point mark for her career collecting 14 points as Montclair State fell to 11-8 on the season with the non-conference loss.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 12 points in the first
half. Cabrini staked itself to a 32-20 advantage with 7:07 remaining
before the intermission. However, the Red Hawks closed the opening 20
minutes on an 8-0 and trailed by just four points, 32-28, at the break.
Cabrini opened the half on a 9-4 run and led 41-32 at the 16:13 mark after Brady converted an old-fashion 3-point play.
Montclair State rallied and cut its deficit to just two points, 49-47 on a three-pointer by Cristino with 10:13 remaining.
Cabrini responded and regained a seven-point edge, 56-49, at the 5:27 mark. The Cavaliers’ defense tightened up down the stretch and kept the Red Hawks’ offense without a field goal over the final 5:05.
Sophomore Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) chipped in with 12 points for MSU. The 14 points by Cristino gave her 983 for her career as she attempts to become the 15th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, January 30 as they travel to Camden to face the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden in a 1:00 pm NJAC matchup.