Oakley Tallies Career High in Season Finale Loss to William Paterson

UNION, N.J. (2/14/18)- Danielle Oakley collected a career-high 11 steals, along with nine points and seven assists as the Kean University women's basketball team dropped their season finale to William Paterson University, 60-54 on Wednesday evening.

Tori Woetzel totaled 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Pioneers who finish the regular season at 14-11 overall and 11-7 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Payce Lange totaled a team-high 20 points for the Cougars who finish the regular season at 9-15 overall and 6-12 in the NJAC.

After falling behind 9-4 early, Kean used a 21-8 run over the next 9:49 to take their largest lead at 25-17 with 7:04 remaining in the second quarter. Lange scored nine points during the run as the Cougars collected seven steals in the process. The Cougars maintained at least a seven-point advantage before William Paterson ended the half on a 4-0 run. Kean held a 31-28 advantage at intermission.

Oakley filled up the box score in the first half with seven points, seven steals and five assists.  

In the second half, the Pioneers stormed back with a 16-8 run to take a 54-52 lead with under two minutes to play. After WP extended their lead to 56-52 with 1:16 to play, Lange made a layup with 37 seconds remaining to trail, 56-54.

Ultimately, the Pioneers salted the game away from the charity stripe with four made free throws down the stretch.

Sierra Strong grabbed 14 boards and totaled five points, while CeCe Green and Carolyn Hill each totaled six points apiece in the victory for WPU. Lorenzah Hammer finished with 12 rebounds, seven points, and six blocks, while De'Mean Bond tallied eight rebounds, seven points and four blocks in the loss.

William Paterson will now move on to the first round of the NJAC tournament, which starts on Saturday.