UNION, N.J. (1/17/18)- Marajiah Bacon finished with 12 points and seven rebounds as the Kean University women's basketball team dropped a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest to #21 Montclair State University, 53-34 on Wednesday evening.
Katie Sire totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Red Hawks who improve to 15-1 overall and remain undefeated in the NJAC at 10-0. Danielle Oakley totaled seven points and four steals for the Cougars who fall to 6-10 overall and 3-7 in the NJAC.
Kean struggled to shoot the ball in the first half, posting 12.9% from the floor and connecting on just four field goals. Despite the poor shooting percentage, the Cougars used a 6-0 run to cut a 14-6 Red Hawks lead to 14-12 with 5:12 remaining. MSU responded with a 10-0 run to close out the second quarter. Sire nearly collected a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds as Montclair State held a 24-12 lead at the break.
Kean opened the second half with a 12-5 run, which cut the Red Hawks lead to 29-24 with 2:25 remaining. That would be the closest the Cougars would get as MSU ended the contest on a 24-12 run and stretched their lead to 53-34 with 1:51 remaining.
Kean finished the contest shooting 19.7% from the floor and 16.7% from behind the arc. Montclair shot 42.2% from the field and edged the Cougars on the defensive glass (32-20).
Taylor Harmon added 10 points and seven boards for MSU, while Lorenzah Hammer pulled down eight boards in the loss for Kean.
Head Coach Mandy King and the Cougars will return to action in Ewing, N.J. on Saturday, Jan. 20th, against the Lions of the College of New Jersey at 3:00 p.m.