Pomona, N.J. (2/16/11) – Sophomore Naimah Clemons had a game-high 18 points along with nine rebounds as the Kean University women’s basketball team defeated Richard Stockton College, 80-64, in the regular season finale for both.
With the win Kean concludes the regular season with a 22-3 overall record and a 12-1 NJAC mark.
The Ospreys (17-8, 9-4 NJAC) jumped out to a quick 10 point lead (14-4) in the first five minutes of action but that sparked the Cougars who responded with 10 unanswered points and tied things up at 14-all with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half. The teams then see-sawed for the remainder of the first half before Stockton took a small three point advantage into the break (37-34).
Rookie Emily Cristaldi (pictured left) led Kean with nine points while junior Noel Mathis added six points and three assists.
The game remained close but Kean took their final lead of the matchup with 5:30 remaining as senior Tiffany Patrick scored two of her total 15 points. The Cougars then ended the game on a 15-1 run to seal the win.
Patrick finished the night with a double-double 15 points and 15 rebounds while Mathis tallied 17 points and four steals in the win.
The Cougars earn a first-round bye in the upcoming New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) playoffs and will host the semifinal round on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7 p.m.