CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (Nov. 23, 2019) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team built a 13-point second-half lead, saw Arcadia University whittle its deficit to one point and hung on to defeat the Knights, 59-55, here Saturday afternoon in the Scarlet Raptors’ home opener.
The win lifts Rutgers-Camden to 4-0, tying the best start in program history, which now has been accomplished four times – during the 1981-82, 1991-92 and 2016-17 seasons before this year. The Raptors will try to set a new program standard Tuesday when they open their New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule with a 6 p.m. game at Rowan University.
The loss snapped Arcadia’s three-game winning streak, dropping the Knights to 3-3 this season.
In a tight first half, the Scarlet Raptors inched ahead to establish a 34-27 halftime lead, led by 17 points from senior guard Fatimah Williams. Sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson collected nine first-half points.
The Scarlet Raptors appeared to pull away in the third quarter, opening up their biggest lead of the game, 50-37, on a three-pointer by Johnson with 17 seconds left in the period. Arcadia cut that margin to 50-38 on a foul shot by sophomore guard Julia Makowski by the end of the quarter.
Led by senior guard Taylor Dunn, the Knights started heating up in the final quarter as they charged back into the game. Dunn scored Arcadia’s first eight points of the quarter and assisted on a field goal by sophomore guard Sidney Barrer as they sliced the gape to 56-50 with 4:07 remaining. A pair of foul shots by Makowski and a three-point play by sophomore forward Holly Daveski made it a 56-55 game with 1:02 left.
Arcadia had a chance to take the lead, but committed a turnover with 11 seconds remaining and Raptor junior guard Shane Holmes drained a clutch three-pointer, making it a 58-55 game with seven seconds remaining. Moments later, Dunn missed a potential game-tying three-point attempt and Raptor freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She provided the final margin on a foul shot with three seconds remaining.
Williams finished with a game-high 20 points for Rutgers-Camden, while adding a game-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the year. The 10 rebounds tied a career high, accomplished three previous times.
Johnson tied her career scoring high with 16 points, set against Penn State-Lehigh Valley on Nov. 15, and Holmes finished with 13 points and team-high totals of five assists and four steals.
Arcadia received 19 points, four steals and a game-high six assists from Dunn. Makowski added 11 points.
Rutgers-Camden shot 20-for-55 (36.4 percent) from the floor, including 7-for-18 (38.9) from three-point range. Johnson had four treys, while Holmes added three. The Raptors also were 12-for-17 (70.6) from the foul line, led by Williams, who shot 8-for-11 from the charity stripe.
Arcadia shot 17-for-49 (34.7) from the floor, including 5-for-16 (31.3) from three-point range. The Knights were 16-for-19 (84.2) from the foul line.
Arcadia held a 38-31 advantage off the boards, but also made four more turnovers than Rutgers-Camden (18-14).