Women's Basketball Comes Up Short Against No. 8 William Paterson, 58-53

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Wayne, NJ (2/1/12) – For the second time in a month, Montclair State gave No. 8/9 William Paterson all it could handle however the Red Hawks would come up short again in their upset bid as the Pioneers rallied for a 58-53 win at the Rec Center on Wednesday evening.

Freshman forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ / Roselle Catholic) scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots, however it could not prevent MSU (15-7, 5-5 NJAC) from having its seven-game win streak snapped.
Montclair State also lost to the Pioneers, 62-61 at the Panzer Athletic Center back on January 4.

Like it had done at Panzer a month ago, Montclair led at halftime, 29-28 and carried that lead throughout much of the second half. After the Red Hawks went up by six points (37-31) on a layup by Theresa Towns (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) with 15:20 left, William Paterson battled back to take a 38-37 advantage two minutes  later.

Tobie regained the lead for Montclair with 11:17 to play as her layup put the Red Hawks back in front 39-38. That lead would eventually grow to 47-40 with just over seven minutes to play as Tobie again scored on a layup.

The Pioneers however would chip away at the lead and got within 49-48 with 3:39 to go as Floriana Borova hit from behind the arc. Freshman guard Jenny Malone (North Plainfield, NJ / Roselle Catholic) sank a pair of free throws as MSU went back up 51-48 with 2:37 left but the Pioneers scored the next five points to take the lead for good.

April Smith, who finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds, hit a layup for a 52-51 William Paterson lead and her two layups with 37 seconds made the score 54-51. Tobie answered with 29 seconds to cut the deficit to one. BriAnna Lucas made two foul shots for a 56-53 WPU lead before Smith came up with a huge block with 18 ticks. Borova, who snared the rebound off the blocked shot, was fouled and made both attempts for the final margin.

Towns finished with10 points, three rebounds and four assists for MSU while senior Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) chipped in with eight points and four rebounds.

Montclair will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, February 4 as they host Rutgers-Newark in another pivotal NJAC North matchup beginning at 3:00 pm. MSU, which trails the Scarlet Raiders by a game for second place in the division, will also look to avenge a 73-72 loss to Rutgers-Newark in November when Kendra Johnson hit a three-pointer with 7.7 seconds left to give the Raiders the one-point victory.