Ewing, N.J. (1/19/13) – The College of New Jersey used a strong second half to pull past the Kean University women's basketball team by the final of 49-37, Saturday afternoon.
TCNJ's defense held Kean to just 23 percent shooting from the floor and led the game from start to finish.
The Cougars (3-13) were led by sophomore AnnaRose Pierre who led all scorers with 15 points along with eight rebounds. Senior Erika Jones registered her seventh straight double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Junior Tiffany DeTulio was the lone TCNJ (12-6) player in double digits with 12 points in the contest.
In the opening half, TCNJ jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Three-point field goals by Angelica Esposito and DeTulio made it a 14-4 game before the Cougars fought back with a 9-2 run with five points from Jones and another four from Pierre, to close the gap (16-13).
Play was even for the final 10 minutes of the half. Forward Sharell Lowe grabbed an offensive board and dropped in a bucket at the buzzer to close within one at the break, 22-21.
The pace of play slowed down a bit in the opening minutes of the second half. The Cougars stayed tight with the Lions, but couldn't jump ahead. With just over 11 minutes in the game, sophomore Kelly Coughlin took a feed from Jessica Goldbach and drained a 3-pointer. Following a shot-clock violation by the Cougars, Liz West banked in a short jumper to stretch the Lions' lead to 39-30.
Each time Kean cut into the lead, the Lions answered with a clutch play. The Cougars pulled with five with seven minutes to play as Pierre (pictured left) hit the front end of a two shot free throw, but junior Kelly Roddy hit a trey and registered a pair of free throws to push the lead to double digits.
Fast break baskets by DeTulio and Esposito with under three minutes remaining put the game out of reach for Kean. The Cougars tried to catch-up quick by shooting three-pointers, but hit only 3-for-25 attempts on the day.
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, January 23rd when they host Ramapo College at 6 p.m.