ABINGTON, Penn. (Jan. 6, 2020) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team scored the first nine points of its non-conference game here Monday night and went on to defeat Penn State University-Abington, 66-46.
The victory snaps the Scarlet Raptors’ four-game losing streak and lifts Rutgers-Camden to 6-5. The Nittany Lions fall to 3-6 with their third straight defeat.
Senior guard Fatimah Williams and freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts scored five and four points, respectively, as the Scarlet Raptors jumped off to their quick start. Although Abington closed its deficit to 12-11, the Lions never caught the Scarlet Raptors.
Rutgers-Camden held a 35-27 lead at halftime and opened its margin to 47-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Williams led all players with 20 points, shooting 8-for-19 from the floor (2-for-6 from three-point range) as she raised her career scoring total to 948 points. With 52 more points, she will become the 14th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Pitts notched 15 points and eight rebounds for the Scarlet Raptors, while sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Shane Holmes dished off a game-high five assists and tied Williams for game-high honors with three steals.
Sophomore guard Lacy MacLachlin scored 13 points to lead the Nittany Lions, while senior guard Sydney Barrow added 10 points. Junior guards Ashya Gaddy and Iman Richmond both scored nine points, while collecting eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Rutgers-Camden shot 38.1 percent (24-for-63) from the floor and held a 43-36 advantage off the boards. The Scarlet Raptors also had only 13 turnovers, while forcing 22 by the Nittany Lions.
Penn State-Abington shot only 15-for-49 from the floor (30.6).
The Scarlet Raptors play their first home game of the new year on Wednesday when they host Ramapo College in a 6 p.m. New Jersey Athletic Conference game.