Hillary Klimowicz scores 19 as the Lions beat Montclair State

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

EWING – The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team rolled past the Montclair State Red Hawks at Packer Hall. The Lions won 74-52 to advance to the championship game of the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game.

The home team will see their rival, the Kean Cougars, come to Packer Hall for a chance at an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament.

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Kean advanced to the championship game with a 73-45 win over William Paterson. The championship game between Kean and TCNJ will take place on February 29th at 7 pm.

The Cougars are the defending league champions and has won the automatic bid 11 times. The Lions have three previous NJAC Championships with the last during the 2005-06 season.

The Lions were led by Hillary Klimowicz, who had 19 points. She was a part of the team that went 15 of 30 from the field for 50% shooting.

Klimowicz, who was recently named the 2007-08 NJAC Player of the Year, barely missed out on a double-double. She had nine rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Besides Klimowicz, the Lions had a double-double from Kelsey Kutch, who had 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Like Klimowicz, Kutch was recently named the 2007-08 NJAC Rookie of the Year.

Senior Sara Best added 12 points and 11 rebounds. She now has 707 points in her career.

Montclair State was led by Catherine Cristino, who had 10 points and three blocks. Cynthia Warrington had eight points off the bench.

Red Hawks senior Jessica Garrabrant, who had seven points and two rebounds. The seven points snapped a three-game streak that she recorded a double-double.

In addition, Garrabrant finished just four points shy of breaking 1,000 points in her collegiate career.

Kisandra Ayanbeku, a sophomore, also scored six points and had a team-high six rebounds.

The Lions were up 35-16 at halftime. They went on a 7-0 run to start the game.

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