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Obasi, Scarlet Raptors beat the Lions

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

EWING — The Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors defeated the TCNJ Lions, 81-76, at Packer Hall on Tuesday night.

“Two games in a row we battled back,” head coach Dawn Henderson said. “We can’t come out slow like that. It’s two games that were winnable for us. Rutgers-Camden played great. We can’t score 76 points and lose games. That’s a lot of points for us, as we don’t normally score that many points. Our defense is having some trouble, so I’m disappointed but hopefully we get better the next time we step on the court.”

This was the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener for both teams. It was the first game at home for the Lions this season.

The Scarlet Raptors have won their past four games against the Lions. One has to go back to Nov. 25, 2014 for the last-time that TCNJ won in a 52-50 win.

Michelle Obasi (Photo by Curl Hudson/Rutgers-Camden Athletics)

Michelle Obasi (Photo by Curl Hudson/Rutgers-Camden Athletics)

They dropped to 1-2 (0-1) on the year, while the Scarlet Raptors improved to 3-0 (1-0).

The game was tied at 53 after the third quarter. Then, in the fourth, Rutgers-Camden scored 28, while TCNJ scored 23.

The Lions did have two fourth quarter leads by one point. The first lead came when Cindy Napolitano made a three-pointer. Then, on the next possession, Jen Byrne scored on a lay-up for the lead, before the Scarlet Raptors went on a road to end the game.

Michelle Obasi scored a career-high 28 points. Gabby Greene had 14 points. Cara Racobaldo, Fatimah Williams and Caroline Santiago combined for 19 points.

Obasi previously had 27 points against against Bryn Mawr on Nov. 18, 2015.

“She played very well,” Henderson said. “We can’t let her catch the ball that deep. We didn’t defend her well.”

The Scarlet Raptors had 20 bench points. Jovan Childers had 18 points, while Kirsten Flourney added the other basket.

Charlotte Schum led the Lions with 19 points. Byrne had 18 and fellow starter Nikki Schott had 13. Kim Dana and Kate O’Leary combined for seven points.

“Charlotte is our mainstay,” Henderson added. “She’s steady and she can score. She’s the glue that we need to have on the floor.”

TCNJ had 19 bench points. Nicole Shatsky — who transferred in from Richard Stockton —  led the bench with nine points.

“Nicole played well, too,” Henderson said. “We’re pretty much hitting on all engines — but now we’re sputtering right now. If the guards play well, then the forwards don’t play well. If the forwards play well, the couple of guards don’t play well. We’re young and we’re trying to find our way. I’m sad we lost this one because it was one that I hoped we could have got.”

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