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Rutgers-Camden leads wire to wire to beat Gallaudet women, 67-57


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 1, 2019) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed as it defeated Gallaudet University, 67-57, in a non-conference game here Sunday afternoon.

The Scarlet Raptors improve to 5-1, while the Bison fall to 1-3. Screen Shot 2019-12-01 at 16.21.44

Rutgers-Camden took the lead for good, at 2-0, on a layup by freshman center Kayla Newton 1:05 into the contest. The Scarlet Raptors built their lead to 9-0, aided by four points from senior guard Fatimah Williams, a layup by junior guard Shane Holmes and a foul shot by Newton, before the Bison scored its first points 3:42 into the first quarter.


Gallaudet fought back to cut its deficit to two points at both 16-14 and 21-19, but never were able to tie the game or take the lead. In the third quarter, Rutgers-Camden opened up leads as big as 19 points (52-33).


Williams paced the Raptor attack with 24 points, while a pair of guard/forwards, freshman Jalissa Pitts and sophomore Tamara Johnson, both added 12. Freshman guard Taylor Martin notched eight points, one game after scoring a career-high 20.


Pitts and Newton each hauled down nine rebounds to help the Scarlet Raptors hold a 41-36 advantage off the boards. Williams added a game-high five steals, while tying for the team lead at four assists with Tamara Johnson. Martin collected two blocked shots to tie for game-high honors with Gallaudet’s Cassidy Perry.


Perry, a freshman guard/forward, led the Bison with 17 points and added nine rebounds, while senior guard Kendall Hudson had 15 points and completed a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jakkisha Smith added 12 points for Gallaudet. Another junior guard, Emelia Beldon, had a game-high nine assists and a team-high three steals.


The Raptors shot 23-for-60 (38.3 percent) from the floor, while the Bison shot 21-for-54 (38.9). Gallaudet made 19 turnovers, while Rutgers-Camden had 17.


The Scarlet Raptors return to action Wednesday when they host Stockton University in a 6 p.m. New Jersey Athletic Conference game.