Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight; MSU Beats John Jay

New York, NY (2/2/09) – Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Burlington, MA / Randolph) scored game-high 15 points while Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) added 10 points and eight rebounds as Montclair State won its second straight as the Red Hawks downed John Jay College, 63-45 on Monday evening.

Sophomore Jamilee Pflug (Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson) and freshman Jenna Totaro (Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus) each had nine points as the Red Hawks moved to 13-7 overall this season and 4-0 against John Jay. It was the Red Hawks first appearance at John Jay since the 1989-90 season-opener.

John Jay, now 3-17, was led by Parker Griffin ( New York, NY, Bishop Kearney)with 14 points, while Dominique Grice ( North Babylon, NY, North Babylon) had seven points and dished out a career-high 12 assists.

The Bloodhounds went back and forth with the Red Hawks in a close first half that saw six lead changes and three ties. John Jay led by as much as three in the first half. They led 23-20 with 4:29 to go, before Montclair State outscored John Jay 12-2 over the final four minutes to take a 32-25 lead at halftime. Jackie Berry ( Tuckerton, NJ / Pinelands Regional) got the run going with four straight points to give MSU the lead for good. Ayanbeku and Marianne McGovern ( Fair Lawn, NJ / Paramus Catholic) each added basket with Burnham adding the final four points.

Montclair State, behind a swarming defense, put the clamps on the Bloodhound offense in the second half. They used a 20-6 run to start the stanza to take a 52-31 lead with 10:48 to go. Ayanbeku had six points in the spurt with Totaro picking up five. The Bloodhounds were forced into 11 turnovers during that stretch, including nine straight possessions as Montclair State established a cushion.

The Red Hawks extended their lead to as much as 24 before the game ended.

Montclair State held a 34-32 advantage in points in the paint and 22-14 in points off turnovers. The Red Hawks held a 20-2 in points off the bench.

Berry finished with seven points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals for MSU, which got six rebounds from Totaro. Pflug added five rebounds and three assists.

Montclair State returns to action on Wednesday, February 4 as the Red Hawks take on New Jersey City for the second time this season. The two square off at the John Moore Athletic Center in Jersey City at 6:00 pm. Montclair, which is currently tied with William Paterson for the lead in the NJAC North at 7-2, won the first meeting with the Gothic Knights 74-62 at the MSU student Recreation Center on December 3.