Byrne scores 16 in Lions win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing, New Jersey — The College of New Jersey women’s basketball team continued to keep pace with the Montclair State Red Hawks. The Lions defeated the William Patterson Pioneers, 64-56, on Wednesday night at Packer Hall.

The Lions improved to 18-5 on the season. They are 13-3 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference.Lauren Barlow (Photo by Jon Lambert/TCNJ Sports Information Department)

TCNJ is the second-best team in the conference standings. Montclair State leads the conference with a 15-1 record. The Red Hawks are 20-2 overall.

The Lions have two conference games left to end their season, as does the Red Hawks. TCNJ would need Montclair State to lose in their match up on Saturday at Packer Hall, then lose in the season finale on Valentines Day to have a shot at winning the conference.

The Lions, who lost by three points in their initial meeting this season, are a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

The Pioneers fell go 12-11 overall. They are sixth overall in the NJAC standings with a 9-7 record.

Jen Byrne led the Lions with 16 points. She also had seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

Byrne was one of three TCNJ players, who scored in double-figures. Nikki Schott had 15 points, while Lauren Barlow came off the bench and had 11 points.

The Lions had 19 bench points.

Ashley Castillo led the Pioneers with 16 points. She had four rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Castillo was one of three William Patterson players in double-figures. Tori Woetzel had 13 points, while Julie Rovito added 10 points.

The Pioneers has nine bench points.

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