Women's Basketball Wins Seventh Straight

Mahwah, NJ (1/7/09) – Junior Kisandra Ayanbeku (Burlington, MA / Randolph) posted her fifth consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as Montclair State ran its winning streak to seven in a row with a 73-57 victory over Ramapo on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore guard Jamilee Pflug (Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson) added 15 points as the Red Hawks improved to 8-4 overall this season, 3-0 in the conference. The seven-game winning streak is the longest by Montclair since an eight-game streak during the 2003-04 campaign.

Sophomore Stephanie Cannizzaro (Pequannock, NJ) started the game on fire sinking 11 of Ramapo’s first 12 points in the opening six minutes. Pflug countered with eight points and Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ / Colts Neck) and Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) added a jumper and a three-pointer respectively as Montclair took a 13-12 lead.

The Red Hawks slowly added to their lead grabbing a double-digit edge at 4:07, when a jump shot from Pflug put the Red Hawks up ten. Jenna Totaro (Secaucus, NJ Secaucus) and Marianne McGovern (Fair Lawn, NJ / Fair Lawn) followed with back-to-back threes and Ayanbeku hit a two-point goal with just over two minutes to play to take a 39-25, 14 point advantage. Montclair outscored Ramapo 4-2 in the final 1:37 to take a 43-27 lead heading into the intermission.

Cannizzaro finished the half with a team high 16 points hitting 5-8 from the field, including two three-point baskets. Cannizzaro grabbed four steals while Beth Weinmann (Pompton Plains, NJ) pulled down four rebounds. The team hit a combined nine field goals on 24 attempts (38%) while the Red Hawkd put away 17 baskets on 27 attempts hitting 63% of their shots. Pflug and Ayanbeku each contributed ten points in the half. Ayanbeku pulled down a team high ten boards.

The Roadrunners came within 12 at the start of the second half before a 9-2 run, sparked by Jackie Berry (Tuckerton, NJ / Pinelands Regional), and capped off by Cristino, put the Red Hawks up 19, 52-33, with 15:43 on the clock. The two teams traded mini runs over the next six minutes; Ramapo coming within 14 at 11:44, and Montclair gaining a second 19 point advantage after McGovern capitalized on an and-one play with 10:28 to play. The final ten minutes of the play was much of the same, and Jessica Sartorio (Egg Harbor City, NJ) finished the night with the game’s final shot at 00:29 earning the 16 point victory. Ayanbeku led the way for the Red Hawks with seven points and three boards while Cristino contributed six points in the half. Cannizzaro added ten more points in the half shooting 5-9.

Cristino had 13 points and four rebounds while Ericson added eight points and four boards. Totaro and McGovern each chipped in with seven points.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, January 10 as they head to Glassboro, NJ to take on Rowan in a 1:00 pm NJAC matchup at the Esby Gymnasium.