Pioneers go on a late run to defeat the Lions

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

EWING — The William Paterson Pioneers continued their win streak over The College of New Jersey’s women’s basketball team. The Pioneers won 67-62 on Wednesday night at Packer Hall.

“We had a terrible performance,” TCNJ head coach Dawn Henderson said. “We came out in the first quarter and played one quarter. Other than that, we didn’t run our offense or execute. We didn’t defend. They drove wherever they wanted to drive. We didn’t deny the ball inside. It was a complete and total not good game.”

William Paterson improved to 8-5. TCNJ fell to 5-7.

This is the third straight win by Pioneers over the Lions. TCNJ has not won in this series since Feb. 21, 2015 when they won 63-61 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament.

Christine Woods (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

Christine Woods (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information)

Late in the game, Nikole Williams cut the Lions lead to 62-61 with 1:36 left in the contest. Williams helped the Pioneers go on a 6-0 run to end the game.

During that stretch, they were 4-0 from the free throw line. Williams made two and Julie Rovito made two more.

In the final two minutes, Lions’ Kate O’Leary and Kim Dana each missed a jumper.

“We didn’t run our offense,” Henderson said. “The last two plays, they did not run the plays that I asked them. So, it’s a total …. We have to be tougher and we have to listen better.”

The Lions had 26 second half points. The Pioneers had 36.

William Paterson took the lead for the first-time when Janea Clark scored on a layup in the point at 5:36 in the third quarter. Their largest lead in the quarter was five points when Kristina Ulrich made a three-pointer.

The Pioneers led 50-47 following the conclusion of the third quarter.

The Lions were held to 11 points in the second and third quarters. During these two quarters, the Pioneers combined to score 40 points.

TCNJ had the best quarter in the first quarter, as they had 25 points, a game-high. They jumped out to an 11-point lead to begin the game.

“For some reason, we don’t maintain our focus, like we should,” Henderson said. “We also let up and we’re now 5-7. There’s no let up for us at this point. Hopefully, they’ll figure it out.”

Clark had 15 points, seven rebounds and a block for the Pioneers. Rovito added 13 points, three rebounds and two assists. Ulrich contributed nine points, two rebounds and two assists.

Fellow starters Tori Woetzel and Sihana Asani combined for two points. Woetzel also had five rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Asani also had an assist.

William Paterson had 28 bench points. Gabby Harris lead these players with 18 points, nine rebounds and an assist.

Charlotte Schum had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Lions. Chiara Palombi added nine points and five rebounds. Nikki Schott contributed eight points, four rebounds and three blocks.

Fellow starters Dana and O’Leary combined for 11 points. Dana had three rebounds and four assists. O’Leary added three rebounds, seven assists, one block and a steal.

TCNJ had 22 bench points. Christine Woods led these players with 10 points, four rebounds and a block.

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