By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing, New Jersey — The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team held on to escape the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors late push. The Lions won 50-45 on Wednesday night at Packer Hall.
The Lions improved to 12-4 on the season. They are 7-2 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
TCNJ is the second-best team in the NJAC standings with their 7-2 record. They trail the perfect Montclair State Red Hawks, who are 10-0 within the conference and 15-1 overall.
Rutgers-Camden fell to 8-8 on the season. They are 5-5 in the conference.Jen Byrne led the Lions with 14 points. She also had 11 rebounds and two steals.
This is the second straight game that she has scored in double-figures. She had 20 points against Montclair State on Saturday.
She had a season-high 35 points against York (Pa.) on November 17th, 2017. Since then, her highest scoring effort in a game was 27 on December 4th, 2017 against Moravian College.
Byrne was one of three TCNJ players in double-figures. Kate O’Leary had 10 points, while Shannon Devitt came off the bench and scored 13 points.
The freshman Devitt had just 16 points in her previous three games before Wednesday’s game. Her season-high is 16 points against the William Paterson Pioneers on January 3rd.
TCNJ had 15 total bench points. Besides Devitt’s efforts, Christine Woods also had a basket.
The Lions largest lead was eight points at 9:45 in the third quarter. There was also three lead changes and two ties.
Kirsten Flournoy had a game-high 18 points off the bench for the Rutgers-Camden and she also had five rebounds and two blocks. She had all of their bench points.
Jordan Harbaugh and Michelle Obasi had eight points each as the leading pointers scorers from the starter.
Rutgers-Camden’s largest lead was six points in the first quarter. There was also three lead changes and one scoring tie.