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O’Donnell, Goldbach lead the way as the Lions defeat Rowan

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: February 4th, 2015 at 11:33 PM EST

Ewing – The College of New Jersey women’s basketball won’t give up. They were down early in the past two games, but have won each contest.

The Lions defeated the Rowan Profs, 57-48, at Packer Hall this evening.

Jessica Goldbach (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

Jessica Goldbach (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

With the win, TCNJ is now 11-10 on the season, including 6-8 in the conference. Rowan dropped to 15-6 and 10-4 in the conference.

Lions senior Jessica Goldbach had 15 points, while fellow seniors Kylie O’Donnell had 14 points and Kelly Coughlin had 11 points. Jess Lynch had six points, while Christina Merlin added five.

Angelica Esposito had four points, and Charlotte Schum added two points.

The Profs were led by Kate Matthews, who had 12 points. Bria Hill had 9 points, while Anyssa Sanchez had 7 points. Kaitlin Schullstrom contributed six points.

Melissa Lake had five points and Ashanti Bishop had three points. Summer Crilley, Valerie Garofalo, and Kyanna Filmore each had two points.

The Lions led by as much as 13 points in the second half. They led by 13 points three times in the second half, before the Profs went on an 8-0 run to cut it to 46-43.

Coughlin would hit a key three pointer to put the Lions back up six points at 49-43. Matthews made it 49-45, before the Lions would go on an 8-2 run to end the game.

Early in the second half when Lake scored, it was close to 20 minutes of actual time before Rowan scored.

TCNJ used a 16-0 run to close out the first half of the contest. The run, which included the last eight points by senior Kylie O’Donnell, made the score 25-20.

Before the run took place, the Profs led 20-9. That was before the team went nearly 6 minutes without scoring to close out the half.

When the score was 20-9, it was the Profs largest lead of the first half. Prior to that point, Rowan had the lead after it was tied at 9-9.

Both teams would trade the early lead. The game was also tied at 4-4, before the Profs had a small lead – led by 1 point, then 3 points.

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