Ewing, NJ (1/28/12) - The Montclair State women's basketball team remained on a roll as the Red Hawks posted their seventh straight victory knocking off The College of New Jersey, 67-56 at Packer Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Montclair State (15-6, 5-4 NJAC) shot 54 percent from the three-point range led by junior Michelle Montagna (New Providence, NJ/New Providence). She finished with 13 points, which included hitting three-of-four from behind the arc. Freshman Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ/Roselle Catholic) led all scorers with 14 points and sophomore Theresa Towns (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) had 12 points and six boards. Junior Colleen Kelly (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills) added a game-high 10 boards.
The Lions received a career-best nine points from freshman Kylie O’Donnell (Magnolia, NJ/Sterling). Freshman Kelly Coughlin (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull) also scored nine points in the game, while junior Candace Vigo (New Brunswick, NJ/New Brunswick Health and Science Tech) had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds in the game.
The Red Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Lions on the board as TCNJ missed all six of its attempts in the early going.
Montclair continued to build its lead with tight defense and tenacity under the glass. Montagna was the spark on offense, hitting all four shot attempts in the half, including a pair of three-point buckets. Following a pair of free throws in the final seconds, the Red Haws held a 36-20 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, Montclair maintained its double-digit lead for most of the half and led by as many as 16 points on several ocassions, thel ast coming with 6:51 left as Montagna connected on her final three-point field goal.
TCNJ narrowed the gap to single digits at the 4:30 mark when Vigo took a pass underneath from senior Katie Occhinpinti (Millington, NJ/The Pingry School). But the Red Hawks were outstanding down the stretch from the free-throw line and converted 17-of-21 in the game.
Montclair State returns to action on Wednesday, February 1 as they take the short trip to Wayne, NJ to face William Paterson at 6:00 pm. It will be the second meeting this year as the No. 8/9 Pioneers escaped with a 62-61 win over the Red Hawks at the Panzer Athletic Center on January 4.