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SCHUYLKILL, Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 12.54.51 Penn. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Senior guard Fatimah Williams scored a game-high 27 points as she continues her march toward the career 1,000-point milestone, freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts notched 25 points and freshman forward/center Kayla Newton collected a double-double in their first collegiate games and junior guard Shane Holmes tied her career high with nine assists to lead the Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team to a season-opening 85-70 victory over Penn State-Schuylkill here Tuesday night.


The Scarlet Raptors have now won their season opener for five straight seasons, while the Nittany Lions fall to 0-3.


PSU-Schuylkill held a 21-18 lead after one quarter, but the Scarlet Raptors went on a 20-11 second-quarter surge to grab a 38-32 halftime lead. They took the lead for good, 33-32, on a jumper by Williams with 3:56 remaining in the half. Rutgers-Camden led by as many as 17 points (77-60) in the second half.


Williams raised her career scoring output to 759 points with her 27-point effort, which was two points shy of her career high set against Penn State-Abington on Jan. 7, 2019. She added four steals to tie her career high, accomplished four times previously.


Pitts poured in 25 points and the rookie out of Winslow Township High School added six rebounds and three steals. Newton not only scored 16 points, but added a team-high 10 rebounds to collect a double-double in her collegiate debut. The freshman out of East Brunswick High School helped the Scarlet Raptors hold a 35-32 edge off the boards.


Holmes, meanwhile, got her junior season off to a terrific start by dishing off nine assists, tying her career high set against Kean University on January 6, 2018. Holmes, who now owns 117 assists in her 49 career games, added three steals, three rebounds and two points for the Raptors.


Junior forward Alyssa Gerber paced the Nittany Lions with 25 points and game-high totals of 15 rebounds and two blocks. Junior forward Chelsea Erkes added 19 points and a team-high four assists.


Rutgers-Camden shot 35-for-77 (45.5 percent) from the floor and Penn State-Schuylkill shot 23-for-54 (42.6).


The Scarlet Raptors return to action on Friday at 4 p.m. when they face Penn State-Lehigh Valley in the opening game of the Cairn University Tip-Off Mixer. They will play the host team, Cairn University, on Saturday at 2 p.m.