Lions roll over the Gothic Knights, snap three-game losing streak

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

EWING, NJ — The College of New Jersey Lions women’s basketball team got back on track with another win. They defeated the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights, 61-44, at Packer Hall on Saturday afternoon.

“We needed to get a good solid team win and we got it,” Lions head coach Dawn Henderson said. “I’m happy with that. This is a game we should have gotten and everyone got a little playing time.”

The Lions win snapped a three-game losing streak. They are now 9-10 and 6-7 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Kim Dana (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information Department)

Kim Dana (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information Department)

The Gothic Knights fell to 4-16 with the loss. They are presently on an eight-game losing streak.

New Jersey City outscored TCNJ 16-9 in the fourth quarter. Charlotte Schum had five of the nine points in the quarter for the Lions. Many of the Lions bench players were in during this time.

“It’s nice to be able to do that,” Henderson said. “We don’t get enough opportunity to do that. Do I wish we executed better in the fourth quarter? Yes, I do. But that happens.”

TCNJ led by 27 points several time in the second half. The Lions were up by as much as 19 points at 35-16 when Katy Amato made a layup in the paint.

Kianna Briggs led the Gothic Knights with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal. Stege Haxhaj added eight points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Fellow starters Marcielle Richards, Atonie Johnson and Hannah Garvin combined for 0 points. Richards had two rebounds, while Johnson also had two rebounds, an assist and two steals.

Gavin did not register a stat line after just playing three minutes.

NJCU was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Briggs made all three three-pointers.

The Gothic Knights had 21 bench points. Ziyadah Williams led these players with nine points, 13 rebounds, an assist and a block.

Schum led the Lions with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. Kim Dana added 11 points, a rebound, five assists and six steals. Chiara Palombi contributed eight points, five rebounds, a block and a steal.

“We came out and we needed this win,” Schum said of her performance. “All these games from here on out are important, as we’re trying to make the playoffs.”

Fellow starters Kate O’Leary and Amato combined for 12 points. O’Leary had two rebounds and five assists. Amato also had a rebound, an assist, a block and two steals.

TCNJ was 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. Schum made four three-pointers, while Dana made three and O’Leary added two more three-pointers for 9 of the 11. Cindy Napolitano and Nicole Shatsky aldo made a three-pointer each.

The Lions had 12 bench points. Napolitano led these players with five points, a rebound and a steal.

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