Women's Basketball Snaps Three-Game Skid

Montclair, NJ (1/31/09) – Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Burlingotn, MA / Randolph) posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds as Montclair State snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-48 victory over Rutgers-Camden in an NJAC inter-divisional matchup at the MSU Student Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Marianne McGovern (Fair Lawn, NJ / Paramus Catholic) scored a team-best 13 points off the bench as the Red Hawks moved back into a first-place tie with William Paterson for the lead in the conference’s North Division at 7-2. MSU is now 12-7 overall.

Sophomore forward Karima Blackwell ( Somerdale, NJ / Sterling) recorded a double-double with a game-high 22 points along with 11 rebounds for Rutgers-Camden, which fell to 1-17 overall and 0-9 in the NJAC South Division.

Ayanbeku had seven points and seven rebounds in the first half as Montclair State held the Scarlet Raptors to just 30 percent (8-of-27) shooting over the opening 20 minutes. Montclair, which led from tip to final buzzer, scored the first four points of the game as Kara Burnham ( Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) and Jaime Ericson ( Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) scored buckets in the first minute.

The Scarlet Raptors drew within 12-10 with 14:46 left in the opening period as Sarah Grobe (Riverside, NJ / Riverside) drained a three-pointer, however Montclair would slowly widen its lead to 23-14 on a jumper in the paint by Jackie Berry (Tuckerton, NJ / Pinelands Regional) with 6:08 to go before halftime. Ayanbeku added a basket before the half as Montclair State went into the locker room up 28-19.

In the second half, MSU would increase its lead as the Red Hawks opened the half with a 16-7 run. Jamilee Pflug (Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson) got things started with a three-pointer and two foul shots by Berry made the score 37-23 with 14:52 to go. Pflug later added a conventional three-point play before Jenna Totaro ( Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus) finished the run off with a jumper in the key as Montclair went up 44-26.

Rutgers-Camden would get as close as 15 the rest of the way.

Berry finished with 10 points, six rebounds, eight assists and five steals for MSU, which outrebounded the Scarlet Raptors, 47-33. The Red Hawks held a huge advantage on the offensive glass, 24-9 with Ayanbeku getting 10 of those. Burnham, Pflug, Ericson and Totaro each added six points.

Grobe and Casey Crenny ( Blackwood, NJ / Camden Catholic) each had nine points and three rebounds for Rutgers-Camden, which committed 27 turnovers in the contest.

Montclair State returns to action on Monday, February 2 as the Red Hawks head to New York City to face John Jay College at 5:00 pm. Rutgers-Camden returns home for a Wednesday, February 2 contest. The Scarlet Raptors host Rowan University at 6:00 pm at Gloucester Community College.