By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The College of New Jersey Lions women’s basketball team will have an opportunity to advance to the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday night. The Lions will face the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.
The game will tip-off at 5 pm at Packer Hall. The winner will move on in the tournament, while the losing team’s season will come to an end.
TCNJ comes into this game with a 13-game win streak at home this season. They are also 22-6 on the season, including a win over the Hilbert Hawks in the first-round of the tournament on Friday night.
RIT also comes into this game with a 22-6 record. They are on a one-game win streak after defeating the New England Nor’Easters on Friday to win their first NCAA Tournament game in school history.
These two teams have not faced any common opponents.
RIT has faced three ranked opponents this season. They are 1-3 in those contests.
They lost to No. 11 University of Rochester, 78-68, on Jan. 2. A week later, they defeated No. 22 Ithaca College, 77-66, in overtime on Jan. 9.
On Feb. 6, the Tigers lost to No. 22 Ithaca College, 71-67.
TCNJ is 1-1 vs. ranked opponents this season. They lost 54-51 to No. 23 Montclair State University on Jan. 13.
They defeated the No. 22 Montclair State University, 62-59, on Feb. 10.
Jen Byrne leads the Lions with 17.5 points per game. She’s also averaging 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest.
Byrne was held to eight points last night against Hilbert College. That was only the fourth-time she was held to below double-digits all season – and the first-time since she had eight points against Rutgers-Newark on Jan. 10.
Jessica Glaz, who became the Tigers all-time leading scorer last night, leads the team with 14.1 points per game. She’s also averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest.
The 20-points by Glaz on Friday night was the most she had in a contest since she scored 37-points against Bard College on Feb. 17. The 37-points is her season-high and her previous season-high was 26-points against SLU on Jan. 19.