CAMDEN CITY. N.J. (Dec. 14, 2019) – The Kean University women’s basketball team opened up a 12-point first-quarter lead, placed four players in double figures, including a pair of players with 20 points , and went on to defeat Rutgers University-Camden, 77-48, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
Kean, the NJAC co-leader along with Rowan University, improves to 5-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall with its sixth straight win. The Cougars lead their all-time series against Rutgers-Camden, 50-22.
Rutgers-Camden, playing undermanned due to injuries, falls to 5-4 overall and 0-4 in the NJAC with its third straight loss.
Kean led almost all the way, opening up a 25-13 lead after one quarter and holding a 39-24 advantage at halftime. The 29-point margin on the final score was the Cougars’ biggest lead of the game.
Junior guard/forward Casey Filiault and sophomore guard Shannon McCoy paced the Cougars with 20 points apiece, while Filiault added a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Payce Lange, who entered the game leading the NJAC in scoring, contributed 15 points and a game-high six steals, while freshman guard/forward Danielle Mills added 10 points.
Kean held a 47-45 edge off the boards and forced 27 Scarlet Raptor turnovers.
Rutgers-Camden received a game-high 24 points from freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts, one shy of her career high, while senior guard Fatimah Williams added 22 points to hike her career scoring output over the 900-point plateau to 915.
Sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson and Pitts both grabbed eight rebounds, while Williams and sophomore forward Breanna Ettrick had six apiece. The six boards set a new career high for Ettrick.
Kean shot 27-for-73 (37.0 percent) from the floor and Rutgers-Camden shot 20-for-61 (32.8). From three-point range, the Cougars were 10-for-26 (38.5) and the Raptors were 3-for-21 (14.3).
The game was the last one for Rutgers-Camden in the 2019 calendar year. The Scarlet Raptors return to action Jan. 4 when they play a 1 p.m. NJAC game at The College of New Jersey.