UNION, N.J. (2/6/14) – The Kean University women's basketball team dropped a 67-53 decision against Rowan University in a make-up date on Thursday evening. The Profs (6-15, 5-9 NJAC) led the entire way as the Cougars fell to 11-9 and 8-5 in the conference.
The Cougars trailed 8-4 after the first five minutes eclipsed in the first. Kate Matthews led the way for the Profs in the early going with five rebounds and six points in those opening moments. The Profs built their lead all the way to eight points before Kean mounted a comeback and trimmed the lead to two on a pair of free throws by Essence Casey.
Rowan answered the challenge and stretched its advantage back to eight on Kaitlyn Schullstrom's three pointer from the wing.
With five minutes to go in the half, AnnaRose Pierre stopped a 2-on-1 break single-handedly with a great block. Less than a minute later, Pierre feigned a drive, pulled back and hit a pretty pull-around jumper from the elbow.
Rowan continued to play well in the first half, however. The profs never trailed and went into the locker room with a 17-point lead. Matthews and Schullstrom had 19 combined points, matching the Cougars' total output for the first half.
The teams traded buckets in the opening minutes of the second. After five minutes, the gulf remained 17. The Profs' Anyssa Sanchez and Kenya Adams of Kean scored the last field goals before the Cougars called timeout at 14:33.
The Profs expanded the gap to 24 with 10 minutes remaining on a three pointer by Jade Bonder. Kean valiantly whittled the lead down to 10 in the closing minutes, but the team was unable to squeeze enough possessions out of the clock to mount a full comeback and fell by a count of 67-53.
Bonder and Matthews led RU with 18 and 17 points, respectively, while Pierre (pictured left) finished with 13 and Eboni Wood shot 67 percent from the floor, grabbed six boards and scored eight points for the Cougars.
Kean will remain at home and host Rutgers-Camden in an NJAC showdown at 3 p.m. on Saturday.