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Lions win their fifth straight with a win over William Paterson

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By Anthony Caruso III on February 14, 2015, 6:30 PM EST

Before this current five-game win streak, The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team looked like they were going to miss the conference playoffs. Now, there’s a very good chance that they’ll be posting a playoff game at home.

The Lions defeated William Paterson, 78-68, at Packer Hall this afternoon.

Katy Amato (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

Katy Amato (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

With the win, TCNJ improved to 14-10 overall and 9-8 in the NJAC. The Pioneers are 13-11 with a similar 9-8 record.

Kylie O’Donnell led the Lions with 18 points, followed by Angelica Esposito with 15, Jessica Goldbach with 12, and Katy Amato with 11. Kelly Coughlin added eight, while Christina Merlin had six.

Nikki Schott had five, and Cindy Napolitano had three.

William Paterson had 23 points from Brittany Harden. Ashley Marfo was the lone other Pioneers player with 10 points. Jackie Rodriguez added 7 points, while Mary Haines, Alex Milne, and Sara Luberto had six points.

Julie Rovito and Sadi Bridgeman had four points. Nikole Williams had two points.

Following three straight Pioneers baskets, the Lions went on a 12-6 run to end the game.

At one point, the score was 66-62 with the Lions leading by four points. That was before O’Donnell and Amato scored back-to-back baskets to push the lead to eight, before making it double digits again.

With about five minutes left, the Lions would push the lead to 13 points. Then, William Paterson would make it close once again.

The Lions by 14 points at 46-34 several minutes after halftime. The Pioneers would cut the lead to six points before Haines made it close, then Esposito hit a clutch three-pointer to make it 9 points once again.

At halftime, the Lions led 39-26. Freshman forward Nikki Schott scored the final four points of the half for TCNJ, while Brittany Harden and Ashley Marfo scored the final six for William Paterson.

After the game was tied at 4-4, TCNJ went on to outscore the Pioneers 35-22. The Lions led by as much as 13 points in the final minute.

They first had a 10-point lead when the score was 18-8 following a Goldbach basket at 10:22.

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