Women's Basketball Breaks Skid; Beats Rutgers-Camden, 72-60

Box Score

Camden, NJ (1/30/10) – Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA/Randolph) collected a double-double with game-high totals of 19 points and 13 rebounds to power the Montclair State University women’s basketball team to a 72-60 victory over Rutgers University-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.

The victory lifts the Red Hawks to 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the NJAC, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Lady Raptors, who have lost 14 straight, fall to 2-16 overall and 0-9 in the NJAC.

Montclair State has won 10 straight games against Rutgers-Camden and holds a 30-15 lead in the all-time series.

The Red Hawks scored the first seven points of the game and opened up the lead until the Lady Raptors cut the gap to 19-16 on a jumper by senior guard Morgan Kippley (Riverton, NJ/Delran) with 6:34 remaining in the half. Montclair State, however, scored the next 12 points over a span of 2:19 before Raptor junior guard Sarah Gorbe (Riverside, NJ/Riverside) ended the run with 4:15 left in the half.

The Red Hawks led, 40-24, by halftime as Ayanbeku had 11 points and five rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Senior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ/Colts Neck) and sophomore guard Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) each added seven first-half points for Montclair State.

For the Raptors, junior guard Samantha Bragg (Lindenwold, NJ/Lindenwold) and sophomore guard Brooke Keenan (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) each scored six first-half points.

In addition to Ayanbeku, the Red Hawks’ duo of Cristino and Ericson each finished in double figures with 12 points apiece. For Cristino, the output raised her career total to 995, leaving her five points shy of becoming the 15th player in program history to score 1,000.

Ayanbeku also added three steals, while junior guard Jamilee Pflug (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) added three blocked shots. Senior forward Kara Burnham (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) notched two blocks and six rebounds.
For Rutgers-Camden, Bragg scored a team-high 17 points to celebrate her birthday in style. She also had 11 rebounds to notch a double-double and completed her day with a game-high seven steals.

Kippley finished with 10 points for the Raptors, while sophomore guardCasey Crenny (Blackwood, NJ/Camden Catholic) added nine. Crenny also hit one three-pointer to tie Betty Anne Dick (1999-2002) for sixth place on the career list with 52.

Montclair State shot 28-for-55 from the field (50.9 percent), while Rutgers-Camden was 22-for-69 (31.9). The Red Hawks also held a 47-33 advantage off the boards.

Montclair State University returns home on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. NJAC game against Rutgers-Newark.