Montclair, N.J. (2/16/19) – The Kean University women's basketball team upended #3 Montclair State University in the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament by the final of 72-67 on Saturday afternoon.
Rookie Shannon McCoy was one of three Cougars in double figures as she finished with a game-high 29 points. #6 Kean (13-13) picks up an NJAC Tournament win for the first time since the 2013-14 season and in the process ends the six-time defending NJAC Champs run.
Today's contest had everything a spectator would want, 10 lead changes and seven ties as Kean was only able to spread an advantage out to double-digits (10) once.
Cindy Foresta, who finished with a double-double (14 p, 12 r), helped spur that advantage early in the second quarter as she hit back-to-back layups and added two more from the charity stripe. McCoy put the Cougars ahead 32-22 with a trey with 3:23 left on the clock before the break.
The Red Hawks (16-10) adjusted at halftime and quickly turned a five point deficit (35-30) into a one point advantage with 7:51 to go in the third. Cerys MacLelland hit a fast-break jumper in the paint for MSU's first lead since the first quarter.
The teams would see-saw and battle the rest of the way as Kean took the lead for good with 7:04 left in the contest on back-to-back free throws from junior Payce Lange.
The Red Hawks would close to within one point with under a minute to go, but Kean was able to seal the win with free throws down the stretch, sending them to the NJAC semifinals.
Lange finished with 16 points, including 10 from the free-throw line as she played all 40 minutes.
Kean travels to face #2 Rowan University on Wednesday, February 20th at 7 p.m.