Wayne, NJ (12/1/10) - Senior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, NJ / Randolph) reached the 1,000-point mark for her career scoring 23 points however it wasn't enough as Montclair State dropped its New Jersey Athletic Conference opener falling to local rival and No. 18/15 William Paterson, 90-76 at the WPU Rec Center on Wednesday evening.
William Paterson scored the first bucket of the game, a three-pointer by BriAnna Lucas and the Pioneers (6-0, 1-0 NJAC) ledt 8-3 as April Smith drained a three-pointer with 18 minutes left. MSU responded with a 7-0 run as Colleen Kelly ( ) hit a jumper before Ayanbeku followed with the next five points, including a three-pointer as the Red Hawks led 10-8 with 15:59 left.
But William Paterson countered with a 13-0 run to build a 21-10 advantage with 13:33 to go as Dana Jeter converted a three-point play. MSU would widdle the lead to five on a Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ / Franklin) basket midway through the period however back-to-back baskets by Lucas and two free throws from Lindsey Callander boosted the William Paterson lead back to 29-10 with 8:56 to play in the opening period.
Montclair State struggled from the field in the first half as the Red Hawks connected on just 7-of-25 attempts (28 percent) from the floor, including 2-of-10 from behind the arc.
Ayanbeku, who added five rebounds and three assists, would collect her milestone 1,000 point with 3:06 to play in the second half as she put back a missed field goal attempt. She became the 16th player in Montclair State history to score 1,000 points in her career. She now has 1,005.
Ericson and Feeney had six and five rebounds, respectively while also handing out three assists apiece. Jeffers posted nine points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Red Hawks return home for their next contest on Saturday, December 4 as MSU hosts Rutgers-Camden at 3:00 pm.