LANGHORNE, Penn. (Nov. 16, 2019) – Senior captain Fatimah Williams scored the first five points of thegame on her way to a career-high 32 points and the Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team never trailed as it completed a two-day tournament sweep with a 69-48 victory over the host team at the Cairn Invitational Tip-Off Mixer here Saturday.
Rutgers-Camden improved to 3-0 and was the lone undefeated team at the two-day Cairn event, which also included visitors Geneva College and Penn State-Lehigh Valley. In the day’s other action, Penn State-Lehigh Valley went overtime to outlast Geneva, 96-91.
Cairn, the host team, went 0-2 at its own mixer to fall to 0-4.
Williams shot 14-for-18 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from three-point range, on her way to the first 30-point performance of her career. She passed her previous high of 29 points, set against Penn State-Abington on Jan. 7, 2019. Her big game lifted her over the 800-point career milestone to 810. She also added three steals, three assists and three rebounds.
The Raptors also received double-digit points from a pair of freshmen, as guard Taylor Martin scored 11 points and center Ijahnay Johnson added 10. Martin also added three rebounds and one steal, while Johnson collected two rebounds and two blocked shots.
Freshman center Sarah Sowah collected a game-high eight rebounds as the Scarlet Raptors dominated the boards, 41-25. Freshman guard Abigail Sampona notched six rebounds and a team-high four assists.
The Scarlet Raptors opened up a 20-8 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 27 points (58-31) in the second half.
Rutgers-Camden shot 31-for-66 (47.0 percent) from the floor, while Cairn shot 17-for-47 (36.2). The Scarlet Raptors also forced 22 turnovers the Highlanders.
Cairn received 19 points from junior forward Melissa Good, while senior forward Victoria Stum added 14. Junior guard Jenna Krage dished off a game-high six assists.
The Scarlet Raptors will host Arcadia University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, in their home opener.