Jersey City, NJ (1/11/12) – Freshman guard Janitza Aquino (Kearny, NJ / Kearny) scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, including three in a seven-point run to open the period as Montclair State pulled away in the second half and snapped their two-game losing streak with a 68-51 victory over New Jersey City University at the John J. Moore Athletic Center on Wednesday evening.
Freshman forward Sara Farrell (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) also had 14 points as the Red Hawks (9-6) picked up their first conference win of the year in the process. MSU, now 1-4 in the NJAC, bounced back after losing back-to-back contests against nationally-ranked William Paterson and Kean by a combined three points.
MSU trailed early but managed to take the lead for good midway through the first half as Theresa Towns (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) scored on a layup for a 12-10 advantage with 10:39 left. After the Gothic Knights closed within a point (15-14), the Red Hawks used a 9-2 spurt capped off by a Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) three-point field goal for a 24-16 lead with 4:45 to go before halftime.
Farrell collected seven points in the first 20 minutes, including jumper with 57 ticks to play as Montclair State led 29-20 at the break.
In the second half, Aquino opened the scoring with a conventional three-point play as MSU pushed the lead into double digits, 32-20. Towns and Aquino later added buckets as the MSU increased to 36-222 with four minutes gone by in the second half. A three-pointer by Michelle Montagna (New Providence, NJ / New Providence) with 7:40 left put Montclair in front by its largest lead, 60-34 as it scored 35 of the first 49 points in the second half.
Ericson finished with nine points and 11 rebounds for Montclair State while freshman Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ / Roselle Catholic) added 10 poins and six rebounds. Towns had nine points and Montagna seven as MSU got seven assists and four steals from Jenny Malone (North Plainfield, NJ / Roselle Catholic).
The Red Hawks stay out on the road for their next contest as they travel to Camden, NJ to face the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden in an NJAC matchup at 1:00 pm.