Rowan Edges Women's Basketball

Glassboro, N.J. (1/9/16) - The Rowan University women's basketball team held off Kean University, 103-97 on Saturday afternoon in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game.

The Cougars are 9-5 overall and they have a 4-3 conference mark.  The Profs have an overall record of 13-1 and are a perfect 7-0 in the conference, their best NJAC start since beginning the 1997-98 campaign (8-0).

Rookie Marajiah Bacon poured in a game-high 30 points. Guards Jaquetta Owens and Tori Schweyher each scored 23 points. Owens also handed out eight assists. Freshman Miesha Bacon chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.

Forward Kate Matthews tallied her sixth straight double-double and the ninth of the season with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also had four assists. Guard Anyssa Sanchez recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Kaitlin Schullstrom scored 21 points and Alex Raring added a career-high 15 points off the bench.

Kean jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 7:49 to play in the first quarter. Marajiah Bacon tallied four points. The Cougars led 10-3 (6:41) before the Profs scored eight consecutive to go out in front 11-10. Sanchez recorded four points. The game was tied at 13 at the 4:34 mark. Marajiah Bacon (4:21) and Owens (3:54) had back-to-back baskets for a 17-13 Kean advantage. The Cougars extended their lead to five points (24-19) on a triple by Schweyher (1:07) and then six (27-21) on another three-pointer by Schweyher (0:20). Guard Summer Crilley drilled a three with seven-seconds remaining and the Profs trailed 27-24 after one.

Kean held a 30-28 lead at the 9:03 mark of the second before Rowan scored 11 straight points to go ahead 39-30 with 6:59 on the clock. Five different Profs recorded points during the run. The Profs maintained the cushion and extended it to 12 points (53-41) after a pair of free throws by Schullstrom (0:14). Rowan went into the break holding a 53-43 lead.

The Profs were in front 57-45 with 8:41 left in the third. Kean then used a 12-2 run that included six points by Owens to get to within two (59-57) with 5:18 on the clock. A Schweyher jumper (2:58) made the score 67-66. The Profs scored 12 of the next 15 points to go up by 10 (79-69) at the 42-second mark. Marajiah Bacon (0:19) and Owens (0:00) ended the quarter with consecutive baskets and Rowan was ahead 79-73 heading into the fourth.

The Profs started the final quarter with a 12-4 run to take a 91-77 lead with 7:20 remaining. Rowan held a 93-79 advantage after two free throws by Sanchez (6:59). The Cougars then went on a 10-1 run, trimming the deficit to five (94-89) at the 4:45 mark. Marajiah Bacon's layup (1:46) made the score 98-95, but on Rowan's ensuing possession, guard Valerie Garofalo nailed a three-pointer (0:58), giving the Profs a 101-95 lead that the Cougars could not overcome.

Kean remains on the road and will take on The College of New Jersey on Wednesday.