Second Half Rally Propels Women’s Basketball to First NJAC Victory

NEWARK, N.J. (11/29/17)- Marajiah Bacon scored all 12 points in the second half as the Kean University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to capture their first NJAC victory with a 56-52 defeat of Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday evening.

Danielle Oakley finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars who improve to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC. Barbara Harris-Jackson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Scarlet Raiders who fall to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC.

Kean trailed for most of the first half, but a Latice Cunningham three-pointer allowed the Cougars to enter halftime trailing by two at 27-25. The Scarlet Raiders opened the second stanza with a 10-3 run that gave them their largest lead of the contest and forced Kean to call a timeout with 6:53 remaining in the third.

The Cougars regrouped out of the timeout and used a 22-10 run over the next 7:32 to tie the contest at 47-47 with 7:25 remaining in the fourth. Bacon scored 10 of her 12 points during the run, including knocking down two triples. Miesha Bacon would give Kean their first lead of the contest, since a 6-4 advantage in the first, when she connected on a triple during the very next trip down the floor.

The Cougars never surrendered the lead from that point on, despite the Scarlet Raiders cutting the lead to 52-51 with 2:46 remaining.

Cunningham totaled nine points and three assists, while Mi. Bacon finished with eight points and four rebounds. Faith Ashby totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals for RU.  

Head Coach Mandy King and the Cougars will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, hosting the Lions of the College of New Jersey at 3:00 p.m.