CAMDEN, N.J (Jan. 11, 2020) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team opened its game here Saturday with a seven-point run and went on to post a 63-57 victory over Rutgers University-Newark in a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest.
The win was the third straight for the Scarlet Raptors, all coming in a six-day span during the week. They raised their record to 8-5 overall and 2-5 in the NJAC. Rutgers-Newark fell to 1-12 overall and 0-7 in the NJAC with its 11th straight loss.
Newark now leads the all-time series, 39-31.
Freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts scored the first five points of the game for the Scarlet Raptors and senior guard Fatimah Williams added the next field goal as Rutgers-Camden took a 7-0 lead. The Raptors led, 15-6, after one quarter and 30-18 at halftime, with Pitts notching all nine of her points during the first 20 minutes and sophomore forward Breanna Ettrick scoring all seven of her points for the game.
The second-half production was carried by Williams, who notched 19 points to finish with a game-high 25, while junior guard Shane Holmes scored seven of her 10 points after the break. Holmes also finished with a game-high five assists, while sophomore forward Tamara Johnson added four assists.
Holmes added a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Scarlet Raptors, while Johnson, Williams and Pitts notched six apiece.
Rutgers-Newark received a big game from sophomore guard/forward Dorian Capurso, who notched a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Syncere Lambert added nine points and senior center Comfort Akinbo added eight. Freshman forward Ebony Odom Barnes grabbed eight rebounds, helping the Scarlet Raiders hold a 42-38 edge off the boards.
Rutgers-Camden shot 21-for-56 from the floor (37.5 percent) and 18-for-29 (62.1) from the foul line. Rutgers-Newark was 19-for-50 (38.0) from the floor and 13-for-28 (46.4) from the line.
Newark made 21 turnovers and Camden had 15.
The Scarlet Raptors have another three-game week next week, beginning with a non-conference 7 p.m. gameMonday at the University of Valley Forge.