Women’s basketball victorious in NJAC home opener against Montclair State
JERSEY CITY, NJ – After falling to Division I Delaware State University, 88-48, to complete its two-game streak against Division I opponents to start the season, the #RV (D3hoops.com) The University of New Jersey City women’s basketball team opened the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game against rival Montclair State University on Tuesday night, Nov. 22, at the John J. Moore Athletic and Fitness Center. The Gothic Knights won the match 66-48 in their home opener thanks to stellar play from several different players.
Jersey City (1-2, 1-0 NJAC) started the game with a sluggish offense as the Red Hawks (2-3, 0-1 NJAC) led an 11-3 run through the first five minutes. The Red Hawks, however, weren’t able to keep the Gothic Knights quiet for long, as a senior guard Laney Fox (Parkland, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) — she led NJCU with a team-high 21 points — made her second of seven field goals in the contest to end the run at 11-5. The Verts et Or allowed just five points more in the first and were four points later to trail the Red Hawks 16-9 at the end of the first.
The second quarter saw the Gothic Knights close the deficit and take control of the game. After back-to-back field goals changed Fox’s momentum, Jersey City took its first lead of the game after the junior striker Kyara Cowan (Maywood, NJ/Hackensack) converted a lay-up to make it 22-21. Jersey City went 20-6 overall in the second quarter and finished the half with a 29-22 lead.
The third quarter saw the most violations between the two teams as they combined for 36 points. NJCU was on the positive side, producing 20 of 36 to extend their lead to 11. Nine of Jersey City’s 20 in the quarter came in the final 1:05 as NJCU converted three attempts from beyond the arc. Fox again made two three-pointers, including one at the buzzer. The Vert et Or led 49-38 before the fourth.
The final quarter saw NJCU play a much stronger game defensively, beating the Red Hawks 17-10. The two freshman forwards Jalynn Clark (Irvington, NJ/Elizabeth) and senior guard Jada Camacho (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson) stood out, accumulating nine of the 17 points scored by the Gothic Knights. Camacho finished the game with an effective 6-on-12 shooting night for 15 points, while Clark had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks to his name. The game ended 66-48 as the NJCU emerged victorious in their home opener.
Jersey City travels to Wayne, NJ on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to play its second NJAC game on the road against William Patterson University. The start is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and will take place at the Sports and Recreation Center, followed by the men’s game.