O’Leary leads fourth-quarter spark in Lions win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing, New Jersey — The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team needed a spark from Kate O’Leary to get the win on Wednesday night. They defeated the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders, 71-52, at Packer Hall.

The Lions improved to 11-3 on the season. They are 6-1 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

TCNJ guard Kate O'Leary (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information Department)

TCNJ guard Kate O’Leary (Photo by TCNJ Sports Information Department)

The Scarlet Raiders fell to 6-9 on the season. They; however, are just 1-7 within the conference.

TCNJ is the second-best team in the conference standings. Only the Montclair State Red Hawks — who they play on Saturday at 3 pm in Montclair, NJ — has a better record with an 8-0 conference mark. The Lions are 6-1.

The Lions is on a six-game win streak. They are also a perfect 5-0 at Packer Hall this season.

O’Leary led the Lions with 17 points, including 11 points in the fourth quarter. She also had two rebounds and three assists.

The 17 points are the most by O’Leary since she scored 19 points against Transylvania on December 19th. She scored a season-high 28 points against Delaware Valley on December 16th.

She was one of four Lions players in double-figures. Nikki Schott had 15 points, while Samantha Famulare added 13 and Charlotte Schum had 10 points.

TCNJ had eight bench points, including five by Shannon Devitt.

Faith Ashby led the Scarlet Raiders with 19 points. She also had six rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Ashby was one of two players, who scored in double-figures. Nicole Skelly also had 11 points.

Rutgers-Newark had just two bench points, which came from Ania Harrell.

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