GLASSBORO, N.J. (1/4/16) – The Kean University women's basketball team used double-double performances from rookie De'Mean Bond and junior Kenya Adams to rally over Rowan University 77-72 in NJAC action on Wednesday. Bond posted her second-straight double-double and fifth straight game with more than 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars in both categories.
Bond was one of three Cougars to pour in 16 points in Kean's balanced attack. Jaquetta Owens and Marajiah Bacon also had 16. Bond also had a remarkable 19 rebounds to lead all players in the game. Adams' totals included 13 rebounds and 10 points.
Kean led by 10 points after the first quarter and maintained that cushion at halftime. But the Profs erupted for a 29-point third quarter, overtaking the Cougars and opening an eight-point lead by the start of the fourth. The Profs still led by eight with just 2:11 to go in the game.
Bond made two free throws to kick off the winning rally. After Danielle Oakley stole the ball, Owens followed with a three-pointer to quickly make it a one-possession game. A free throw by Bacon got Kean within two.
Oakley (pictured left) earned another steal and this time made the game-tying layup with 1:05 on the clock. Kean had erased the eight-point cushion in 66 seconds. After a defensive stop, Adams ripped down an offensive rebound and made a free throw to give Kean the lead back. Another offensive rebound after a foul shot – this one by Bond – led to a layup that bumped up the lead to three. The Cougar defense held on for the win.
Rowan ended the game with eight-straight scoreless possessions.
Kean is now 8-5 and 5-1 in the NJAC. Rowan fell to 9-4 and is an even 3-3 in the league.
The Cougars will travel to Rutgers-Camden for more NJAC action on Saturday.