Union, N.J. (12/30/16) – Visiting Colby College pulled out a 69-63 win over the Kean University women's basketball team in non-conference action to close out the 2016 year on Friday afternoon.
The Mules (6-4) led for much of the contest, however it was a see-saw battle throughout with no team having a double-digit advantage at all in the 40 minutes of action that featured eight lead changes and 10 ties.
Senior Jaquetta Owens led all players with 21 points as well as five assists as Kean fell to 7-5 this season.
The entire first quarter was a back-and-forth affair before Colby took their first lead of the day of more than three points in the closing minute. Tied at 15-all, Paige Russell took advantage of a Caitlyn Nolan steal for two points and in the waning seconds, Jackie Albanese put the Mules up by five with a trey.
Colby pushed the lead to their largest advantage, 33-24, with a point from the charity stripe from Nolan with 1:41 to go in the second. Kean closed out the period with layups from Miesha Bacon and Owens to narrow the gap to five, 33-28.
De'Mean Bond led the Cougars with eight first-half points off the bench while MK Caverly finished with nine points and seven rebounds for Colby.
The Cougars outscored the Mules in the third period and regained the lead with free throws from Danielle Oakley with 2:14 remaining in the quarter.
After a see-saw battle Kean took their final lead of the day in the middle of the fourth quarter with a three point play from Kenya Adams. Emily Davis captured the lead for good for Colby on a jumper with 3:31 to go. The Mules were fouled down the stretch for the clock and sealed the win with five free throws.
Bond finished with her fifth double-double of the year with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Adams added nine points and seven rebounds while Bacon contributed seven points and four assists. Ruby Asabor (pictured left) led all players with five blocks as well as six points.
For the Mules, Caverly had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards while Haley Driscoll and Ainsley Burns had double-digit points with 15 respectively.
Kean returns to NJAC action on January 4, 2017 when they travel to Rowan University.