Roadrunners late run upends Lions

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On February 4, 2017 at 8:50 pm EST

The College of New Jersey Lions women’s basketball team saw their two-game win streak snapped on Saturday afternoon. They lost 47-42 to the Ramapo College of New Jersey Roadrunners at Packer Hall.

“We didn’t play our best [on Saturday],” Lions head coach Dawn Henderson said. “We had a really good practice [on Friday]. I don’t know if the delay bothered us. It was not our best effort, but we fought through everything. It was a tough game for us. We had a lot of turnovers and missed a lot of good looks. I think that set the tone for the game.”

The Lions fell to 10-11 on the season and they are now out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament playoffs. There is only a few games left to get back in before their season-finale on Feb. 15, which also could be the final game in Henderson’s coaching career.

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Katy Amato (Photo by the TCNJ Sports Information Department)

The Roadrunners improved to 8-14.

The game was delayed 45 minutes, as the Ramapo bus broke down. They had to wait for a new bus to bring them to the Ewing, N.J. campus.

The Roadrunners ended the game with a 5-0 run after the score was tied at 42 all. Tia Solomon made a three-pointer, then Shelby Ringer made two free throws.

Solomon also gave the Roadrunners a 42-38 lead. Chiara Palombi, then Christine Woods tied the game at 42.

“We were right there,” Henderson said. “We kept fighting and we were right there. We made a couple of mistakes on defense and we gave them easy layups. Ramapo took advantage of it.”

Ramapo began the third quarter with an 8-0 run. Nicole Shatsky broke the Lions drought at 4:18 when she made a basket.

TCNJ took a 32-30 lead when Woods made a three-point play. They led 34-32 at the end of the quarter.

The game was tied at 23 at halftime. Jessica Repasy made a basket right before the time expired.

The Lions outscored the Roadrunners 13-11 in the second quarter. TCNJ took the lead 8-6 for the first lead of the game when Kate O’Leary scored.

TCNJ had scored eight straight points after Charlotte Schum made the team’s first basket at 5:16. Ramapo had scored the game’s first six points.

“We got good looks, but we couldn’t make a shot,” Henderson said. “I think we started to think about it too much, but I thought when we took the lead… Credit Ramapo, they did a good job.”

Jenna Harsh led the Roadrunners with 13 points, eight rebounds, an assist and a block. Solomon added 11 points, seven rebounds, an assist, three blocks and two steals. Jina Crawford contributed eight points, a rebound, an assist and a steal.

Fellow starters Samantha Rinaldi and Bridgette Buckalew combined for seven points. Rinaldi had a rebound, two assists and a steal. Buckalew also had two rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Roadrunners were 3-of-8 from three-point range. Harsh, Rinaldi and Buckalew each made a three-point basket.

Ramapo had eight bench points. Bintou Berete led these players with four points, seven rebounds and an assist.

Palombi led the Lions with 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Schum and O’Leary scored eight points each. Schum had six rebounds and an assist, while O’Leary also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Fellow starters Kim Dana and Katy Amato – both were recognized on Senior Day – combined for zero points. Dana had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Amato added a rebound and an assist.

The Lions were 5-of-19 from three-point range. Schum and O’Leary combined to make four three-pointers, while Shatsky also made the other three-pointer.

TCNJ had 16 bench points. Woods led these players with seven points, a rebound, two assists, a block and a steal.

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