UNION, N.J. (1/11/17) – The Kean University women's basketball team topped NJAC rival William Paterson University by 11 points on Wednesday night. Cougar freshman De'Mean Bond posted her third consecutive double-double, highlighted by a career-best 20 rebounds to lead the home team.
Kean was down 6-0 early but quickly erased the deficit, going on a 9-0 run of their own to take the lead. William Paterson got the Cougars in early foul trouble and took a dozen free throws in the first quarter. But Kean led by nine after the first and outscored the Pioneers 10-9, 22-21 and 26-25 in the final three periods to keep Paterson at arm's length all night.
Marajiah Bacon had a game-high 21 points – including 8 from the free-throw line.
Ruby Asabor (pictured left) pulled down nine rebounds and had swatted three shots in just 14 minutes on the floor and was 3-for-4 from the field for seven points.
Bond's totals included the 20 boards as well as 14 points, three blocks, two steals and an assist. She helped the Kean defense hold the Pioneers to less than 30 percent shooting from the floor on the night. The Cougars also won the battle of the boards 62-48.
Danielle Oakley had a team-best three steals and posted a career-high 11 points in the game.
Gabby Harris led WPU with 21 points, and Julie Rovito had a double-double of her own (10p, 14r).
Kean improved to 9-5 and 6-1 in the NJAC conference. Paterson is now 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the league.
The Cougars will remain home this weekend to host Stockton University in NJAC action.