UNION, N.J. (2/8/17) – Despite another double-double effort by freshman De'Mean Bond, the Kean University women's basketball team dropped a 93-86 NJAC matchup with Rowan University on Senior Night on Wednesday.
Bond finished with 16 points and a whopping 21 rebounds – more than twice as many as any other player in the game. She also had five steals and four blocks in the contest.
Rowan was led by Sumer Crilley, who posted 21 points with six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Kean was up by nine three minutes into the second quarter, thanks in part to 4-for-6 shooting from behind the arc and despite a 4-0 discrepancy in personal fouls called in the second period. Still, the personal fouls eventually caught up to the Cougars and Rowan knotted the score at 29, 31 and 33 before going on a run and taking a 43-37 lead into the locker room.
Crilley had a dozen first-half points for Rowan, while Jaquetta Owens paced Kean with 10 on her Senior Night. The Profs were winning the rebounding battle 34-21 after the first half and enjoyed a 14-4 advantage in second-chance points.
Kean ended the third quarter on a 6-0 run, but during period Rowan had bumped up its lead all the way to 10 at the 1:30 mark, so the Cougars entered the final quarter trailing by six.
The lead was trimmed to four on multiple occasions, but each time the Profs had an answer. Rowan kept the Cougars at arm's length the rest of the way and won by seven.
Owens finished with 20 points on her Senior Night, and classmate Brianna Burgess also earned the start on Wednesday.
Marajiah Bacon (pictured left) poured in a game-high 26 points while leading the team with six assists and five steals. Danielle Oakley contributed 12 off the bench for Kean. Ruby Asabor pulled down 10 rebounds in the game and Miesha Bacon kicked in seven points.
The Cougars will travel to Stockton University for a pivotal NJAC matchup with the Ospreys on Saturday. With a win, Kean will clinch the NJAC's No.2 seed and a bye in the first round of the league tournament.