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EWING, N.J. (Jan. 4, 2020) – Junior forward Shannon Devitt scored a game-high 27 points and sophomore guard/forward Rachel Gazzola added 18 to lead The College of New Jersey women’s Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 20.5.13basketball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 66-53, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.


The victory snapped the Lions’ two-game losing streak and lifted TCNJ to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Scarlet Raptors fell to 5-5 overall and 0-5 in the NJAC with their fourth straight loss.


TCNJ has won its last five games against Rutgers-Camden and leads the all-time series, 59-12.


The Scarlet Raptors had a quick start, jumping out to a 13-6 lead before TCNJ closed the gap to 15-10 after one quarter. Rutgers-Camden led by as many as five points in the second quarter (23-18) and held a 25-21 advantage before the Lions scored the last five points of the half to take a 26-25 lead into the break. They took the lead for good with 10 seconds remaining in the first half on a jumper by senior forward Jen Byrne.


TCNJ led by as many as 15 points, 66-51, late in the game.


Devitt notched 18 of her game-high 27 points in the second half to power the Lions. In addition to Gazzola, Byrne also finished in double figures, scoring 11 points. Devitt added a game-high four steals and seven rebounds, while Byrnes had a game-high five assists and six boards.


Morgan Heller paced the Lions with nine rebounds, tying for game-high honors with the Scarlet Raptors’ senior guard Fatimah Williams. Williams also had 13 points, three assists and three steals.


Sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson paced the Scarlet Raptors with 14 points, while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman center Kayla Newton notched 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, tying Devitt for game-high honors in blocks.


Freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts also added eight rebounds for the Raptors, while collecting eight points.


Rutgers-Camden held a 48-40 advantage off the boards, but also made 20 turnovers to the Lions’ 15. The Scarlet Raptors shot 22-for-64 (34.4 percent) from the floor and 5-for-15 (33.3) from the foul line. TCNJ went 24-for-64 (37.5) from the floor and 10-for-16 (62.5) from the line.


The Scarlet Raptors return to action Monday night with a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Penn State-Abington.