CAMDEN, N.J. (Jan. 25, 2020) – Senior guard Fatimah Williams scored 23 points for her third straight game over 20 points as she sparked the Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team over William Paterson University, 65-56, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
The victory snaps a three-game losing streak and lifts the Scarlet Raptors to 10-8 overall and 3-8 in the NJAC. Paterson, which now leads the all-time series, 54-14, falls to 8-10 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
The two teams battled to a 33-33 halftime score after Rutgers-Camden fell into a 17-8 hole just 6:05 into the game. The Scarlet Raptors broke a 37-37 tie early in the third quarter on a jumper by Williams to take the lead for good, 39-37, but the score remained tight for most of the remainder of the contest.
When Paterson freshman guard Madison Dulude hit a pair of foul shots with 1:38 remaining, Rutgers-Camden held a slim 58-56 lead. Williams collected four foul shots down the stretch, junior guard Shane Holmes added two and freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts notched one as the Scarlet Raptors closed out the game at the foul line.
Rutgers-Camden finished the night 14-for-20 at the charity stripe (70.0 percent), while shooting 24-for-57 (42.1) from the floor. Paterson went 12-for-19 from the line (63.2) and 19-for-46 (41.3) from the floor. Although the Pioneers had a 42-26 advantage off the boards, Rutgers-Camden also forced them to make 29 turnovers, compared to the Raptors’ 16.
With her 10th 20-plus scoring effort of the season, Williams raised her team-leading scoring average to an even 20.0 points per game. She also hiked her career output to 1,092 points, 13th on the program’s all-time list. She should pass jump into 11th place next week, needing only 26 points to pass both Nelly Cruz (1,113 points from 1988-91) and Tara Harris (1,117 from 1984-88), who are 12th and 11th, respectively, on the career list.
Williams added a team-high six rebounds, tied Holmes with a team-high four assists and notched a game-high six steals. Holmes finished with 12 points to go along with her four assists.
The Raptors also received big contributions from freshman center Kayla Newton (eight points, four rebounds), sophomore forward Breanna Ettrick (seven points, freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts (six points, four rebounds, three steals) and sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson (six points, four steals).
Senior guard Alisa Giordano led the Pioneers with 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting from three-point range. Dulude and junior guard Brianna Brooks both added 13 points. Freshman guard Yakira Rosa had a game-high five assists and junior forward Vianca Soriano hauled down eight rebounds to lead all players.
The Scarlet Raptors return to NJAC action Wednesday with an 8 p.m. game at Stockton University.