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MAHWAH, N.J (Feb. 12, 2020) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team went on a 23-11 run in the third quarter, overcoming a one-point halftime deficit, and went on to defeat Ramapo College, 64-55, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Wednesday night. Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 20.5.13

 

The Scarlet Raptors improve to 12-11 overall and 5-11 in the NJAC with their sixth straight win over the Roadrunners. Rutgers-Camden leads the all-time series, 42-22.

 

Ramapo falls to 9-14 overall and 3-13 in the NJAC with its fifth consecutive defeat.

 

Ramapo built a 20-17 lead after one quarter and stretched it to 24-17 before the Scarlet Raptors scored 11 of the last 16 points of the half, cutting their deficit to 29-28 at the break. Junior guard Shane Holmes scored 11 first-half points for Rutgers-Camden, while Ramapo was paced by 12 points from senior guard Samantha Rinaldi.

 

After Ramapo freshman guard Bridgett Cahill scored the first field goal of the third quarter, Raptor freshman guard Taylor Martin tied the game with a three-pointer. The teams traded leads until the game was tied at 34-34, when Rutgers-Camden took the lead for good on back-to-back three-pointers by senior guard Fatimah Williams, making it a 40-34 game.

 

After Ramapo cut the gap to 40-38, Martin and Holmes canned treys to give Rutgers-Camden a 46-38 lead. By the end of the third quarter, the Scarlet Raptors held a 51-40 lead and Ramapo never came closer than nine points the rest of the way. The Raptors led by as many as 18 points (62-44) late in the final quarter.

 

Williams finished with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while adding three steals. All of those totals were game highs, while she added four assists.

 

Holmes netter 17 points and added a game-high five assists, while Martin finished with nine points. Freshman center Kayla Newton had five points and six rebounds.

 

Ramapo received 17 points from Rinaldi.

 

The Roadrunners held a 41-38 edge off the boards and had five fewer turnovers (18-13) than the Scarlet Raptors, but Rutgers-Camden shot 23-for-56 (41.1 percent) from the floor, including 12-for-26 (46.2) from three-point range. Williams and Holmes made four treys apiece, while Martin added three and freshman guard Najee Seabrook canned one on her only shot of the game.

 

Ramapo shot 21-for-61 (34.4) from the floor, including only 4-for-20 (20.0) from three-point range.

 

Rutgers-Camden returns to NJAC action on Saturday with a Senior Day NJAC home game against New Jersey City University. Prior to the 1 p.m. game, the Scarlet Raptors will honor Williams, their lone senior.

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