UNION, N.J. (2/11/15) – Junior Jazmine Davis earned a triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals) in the Kean University women's basketball team's 64-56 setback against William Paterson University on Wednesday night. Davis forced 10 of the 72 turnovers the teams combined for in the game.
Davis' performance marks the first triple-double of the Mandy King era at Kean. She led the team in all three categories and shooting percentage, making eight of 13 field goal attempts.
Davis (pictured left) earned her 10th steal with over 12 minutes to go, and cemented her first career triple-double with a defensive rebound at 2:43. She also added two steals to her impressive stat sheet.
In the opening four minutes, Kean had 11 field goal attempts to Paterson's three. But WPU was shooting 67 percent and the Cougars just 22 percent to keep the game close, 8-7, at that juncture.
The Cougar defense was a force early on, earning 12 turnovers in the first nine minutes. But Paterson's otherwise hot shooting and an 8-3 differential in fouls gave the Pioneers an 18-10 lead midway through the first half.
Jaquetta Owens finally put an end to the 11-2 run with a steal, lay-in and completion of the traditional three-point play at 8:24.
With five minutes to go in the period, AnnaRose Pierre got a clean block on the defensive side, corralled the rebound, and drove the ball coast-to-coast for a lay-in that made the ball game a one-possession affair once again.
A couple minutes later, the Cougar defense forced four-straight steals that ignited a 9-0 run for the home team. Paterson never even got a shot off during the run.
The half finally ended with the Cougars up 28-25. The teams combined for an astounding 44 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the sloppy first half. Davis and Owens had five steals each for Kean in the first period.
The turnovers continued into the second. At the 10 minute mark, the Cougars had taken 22 more shots than the Pioneers thanks to a 39-22 lead in turnovers but led by just five points.
Paterson cut the lead to just one with less than seven minutes to go. The Pioneers capitalized on the lopsided free throw numbers, making 12 while Kean had only been allowed three attempts from the line.
In the next minute, WPU went on a 12-0 run powered by a pair of three-pointers from Sara Luberto and Jackie Rodriguez. Shay Collins finally put a stop to it by hitting two free throws at 4:57.
But the Cougars could not overcome the Paterson free throws down the stretch. The Pioneers made 7-of-8 down the stretch to seal the 64-56 victory and move to 9-7 in the NJAC. Kean is now 7-9 in the league.
Brittany Harden led the visitors with 19 points and Mary Haines had 15 rebounds. Both teams came into Wednesday's game with 12-10 overall records.
The Cougars will play their final home game – Senior Day - on Saturday against Richard Stockton College at 3 p.m.