UNION, N.J. (12/30/15) – The Kean University women's basketball team improved to 8-2 with a 82-59 winter break victory over Centenary College on Wednesday. Freshman Marajiah Bacon had 33 points for the Cougars.
Kean was impressive from wire-to-wire. Ruby Asabor won the tip, Diana Todaro secured the ball and fed it to a streaking Jaquetta Owens for the game's first bucket just five seconds into the contest. Kean would hold the lead for the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the first half, Marajiah Bacon (pictured left) scored six points in five seconds thanks to a Centenary technical foul and a buzzer-beating three-pointer that made the halftime count 42-23 in favor of Kean.
The Cougars made eight three-pointers in the first half alone, Marajiah Bacon had 23 points in the opening 20 minutes and Asabor had four blocks in the first half.
Kean maintained its lead in the second half, and outscored the Cyclones (4-6) by four in the final 20 minutes.
Bacon finished 4-of-6 from three-point range and had seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Asabor finished with a team-high 12 rebounds and a whopping six blocks to go with her seven points.
Remarkably, Owens was the only other Cougar in double figures on the afternoon. She finished with 20 points, a team-high five assists and three steals. Danielle Oakley had a solid game with six points, four rebounds and two assits.
Mallory George and Nicole Cartaino led Centenary by posting double-doubles. George had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cartaino had 15 points and 13 boards.
Kean will head to the Big Apple this weekend for the two-day NYU Classic in Greenwich Village at the Coles Sports Center. The Cougars will tangle with the host Violets on Saturday at 5 p.m. and then take on Bridgewater State at 7 p.m. on Sunday.