Union, N.J. (1/12/19) – The Kean University women's basketball team used a strong second half to turn the tables on The College of New Jersey by the final of 68-58 on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action.
The upset win was the second of the day for the Cougars as the men's team's hot shooting first half gave them an 89-69 win in the opener.
Rookie Shannon McCoy led all players with 19 points in 28 minutes of action as Kean improved to 7-9, 4-5 in conference play.
The Lions opened up the game on an 8-0 run, but the Cougars responded over the next four minutes and closed the gap to just one on a layup from Aniyah Moore with 31 seconds to go in the quarter. Back-to-back free throws from McCoy tied the game up at 16-all and gave the Cougars their first lead of the day at 17-16. After see-sawing to a 23-all tie TCNJ pushed to a 31-24 halftime lead with a short 7-1 burst before the break.
Shannon Devitt led the Lions (8-7, 7-2 NJAC) with 13 first-half points while Payce Lange registered nine for Kean.
Moore tied the game at 42-42 with 1:52 to go in the third quarter to give Kean the lead or share of the lead for good. The Cougars outscored TCNJ, 44-27 in the final 20 minutes and took the only double-digit lead of the day for any team with their final points on two free throws from rookie Keidy Laureano with 22 seconds to go.
Lange finished with 16 points while Laureano had 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Danielle Oakley had an all-around effort with seven points, six assists and five steals.
Devitt ended the game with a double-double 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jen Byrne ended the day with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Kean returns to NJAC action when they travel to New Jersey City University on Wednesday.