Basketball's Freeney, Women's 4x4 Relay Team Selected MSU Athletes of the Week for February 28

Montclair, NJ (2/28/11) - Senior basketball guard Rodney Freeney (Piscataway, NJ / Piscataway) and the women's indoor track 4x400 relay squad of Ashadaya Patterson (Trenton, NJ / Northern Burlington), Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford), Krystal Ellis (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) and Michelle McNulty (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) have been named the MSU Athletes of the Week for February 28.

Freeney, an Honorable Mention All-NJAC selection, helped Montclair State to its first NJAC championship game since 2003. He scored 19 points, including two free throws in the final seconds as MSU avenged two losses to Ramapo during the regular season with a 67-64 win over Roadrunners in the NJAC semifinals. He then scored 24 points, including four three-pointers to keep Montclair in the game in a 72-67 loss to NJCU in the title contest. Freeney connected on 14-of-30 attempts from the floor in the two games, including 6-of-13 from three-point range.

The Red Hawks’ 4x400 relay team broke the 19-year-old indoor school record in the event and also posted an NCAA Provisional qualifying time at the Amory Collegeiate Challenge last week. Patterson, Gearity, Ellis and McNulty finished sixth in the field of 15 teams that included Division I, II and III schools. The quartet registered a time of 3:55.46 breaking the mark of 3:55.96 set by Montclair State during the 1992 NCAA Division III Championships. Montclair’s time in the event is currently ranked in the Top 10 in nation this season. The group, which won the NJAC title in the event last week, is in line for a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships which will be held in Bexley, Ohio on March 11-12.