UNION N.J. (3/15/16) – The Kean University women's basketball team won 16 games, earned a bye in the NJAC playoffs, boasted two all-conference players and league leaders in assists, rebounds and scoring during the 2016-17 season.
As a team, the Cougars led the NJAC in assists and rebounds on their way to a second-place finish in the league, a 13-5 conference record and a 16-10 mark overall.
Freshman De'Mean Bond was voted the NJAC Rookie of the Year and was a Second-team All-NJAC selection. Sophomore Marajiah Bacon was named First-Team All-NJAC for the second-straight season. Bond's honor makes it three-straight seasons that a Cougar has been named the league's rookie of the year.
Kean hosted and won the Kean Classic tournament early in the season by knocking off Alma College and Lehman College in November. The team also traveled to San Juan to take part in the Puerto Rico Classico over winter break.
Senior Jaquetta Owens led the NJAC with six assists per game and was eighth in the nation in that category. She scored the 1,000th point of her career in Kean's home opener on November 18.
Bond was first in the league in defensive rebounds, rebounds per game and total rebounds and 15th nationally in defensive rebounding.
Bacon, after leading the nation in scoring in her freshman season, settled for ninth in the country this year in a more balanced Cougar attack. She also led the league in both field goals and free throws, and became the fastest Cougar to ever score 1,000 points during a game on January 21.
Honors and Awards
Marajiah Bacon: Second-Team D3hoops.com Atlantic Region, First-Team ECAC Metro, First-Team All-NJAC, ECAC Player of the Week (2/13, 1/26), NJAC Player of the Week (2/13, 1/23), Kean Classic Most Valuable Player
De'Mean Bond: NJAC Rookie of the Year, Second-Team All-NJAC, D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week (2/14), ECAC Rookie of the Week (2/13, 1/30), NJAC Rookie of the Week (2/13, 2/6, 1/30, 1/16, 1/9, 12/5), Kean Classic All-Tournament Team
Jaquetta Owens: Kean Classic All-Tournament Team