PHOENIXVILLE, Penn. (Jan. 13, 2020) – Senior guard Fatimah Williams scored a game-high 18 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team rolled to a 66-55 victory over the University of Valley Forge in a non-conference game here Monday night.
The victory was the fourth straight for the 9-5 Scarlet Raptors, while the Patriots fell to 2-7 with their fifth consecutive loss.
Williams, the Raptors’ team captain, became the 14th player in program history to join the elite 1,000-point club. The last player to accomplish that feat, Gabby Greene, reached 1,000 points during her senior year last season (Nov. 18, 2018) and finished fifth on the program’s scoring list with 1,295 points.
Williams also became the second Rutgers-Camden basketball player to hit the 1,000-point milestone in a week. On Jan. 6, senior Isaac Destin accomplished the feat for the men’s team.
Williams reached the 1,000-point plateau with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter when she hit the front end of two straight foul shots. In addition to finishing with 18 points, hiking her career total to 1,006, she hauled down a career-high 13 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the season. Her previous career rebounding high was 10, accomplished four times, most recently on Nov. 23 against Arcadia.
After taking a quick 4-0 lead on field goals by Williams and sophomore forward Breanna Ettrick, the Scarlet Raptors allowed the next five points to trail for one of the few times in the game. They also trailed at 8-7 before junior guard Shane Holmes nailed a three-pointer to put them ahead for good, 10-8. Holmes hit another trey before the end of the first quarter, helping the Scarlet Raptors to a 13-10 lead.
Leading, 17-14, in the second quarter, Rutgers-Camden went on a 10-point run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from freshman guard Ciondae Horsey. By halftime, the Scarlet Raptors were ahead, 32-20, with Holmes’ eight points leading the way. Ettrick, Williams and Horsey each added six first-half points, while freshman guard/forward Jalissa Pitts had four.
Rutgers-Camden led, 52-34, after three quarters.
In addition to Williams, Rutgers-Camden received a career-high 12 points from freshman center Ijahnay Johnson, who also established career highs with five rebounds and one steal, while tying her career high of twoblocks. Her previous scoring high was 10 points against Cairn University on Nov. 16.
Holmes finished with 10 points, while Ettrick, Pitts and Horsey each added six. The six points were a new career high for Horsey. Pitts and sophomore guard/forward Tamara Johnson both had seven rebounds, while Ettrick tied her career high with six boards.
The Patriots received a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds from senior guard Alea Flowers. Senior guard Carlee Conrad led Valley Forge with 13 points, while junior guard Amaya Brown notched 12 and sophomore guard Cayleen Conrad added 11. Cayleen Conrad and Brown had four assists apiece to tie for game-high honors.
Williams and Valley Forge’s Flowers tied for game-high honors with four steals apiece.
Rutgers-Camden shot 22-for-79 (27.8 percent) from the floor, while Valley Forge was 16-for-58 (27.6). The Scarlet Raptors dominated the boards, 65-44, while forcing 29 turnovers. Rutgers-Camden made 21 turnovers.
The Scarlet Raptors return to New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. game at Montclair State University.