Newark, N.J. (2/23/19) – Rutgers-Newark scored eight points in the extra period to push past the Kean University women's basketball team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship by the final of 54-47.
The championship is the first for the Scarlet Raiders (16-12) in program history. They advance with the NJAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Kean ends the season at 14-14.
Both teams struggled offensively as Kean was 4-for-24 from long range while shooting 26.2 % overall. Rutgers-Newark was 1-for-18 from behind the arc and shot 31% overall.
The Cougars held the advantage for the entire first half, scoring the first six points of the game with four from junior Payce Lange. Kean extended the lead to double digits (10) with Emily Dominguez's jumper in the paint (20-10).
The Scarlet Raiders closed the gap and took the lead or share of the lead for good with 2:54 to go in the third quarter on a fastbreak layup by Ashby (34-33). The Cougars fought back and tied things up down the stretch with 40 seconds to go in regulation on a layup from Oakley (46-46). Kean forced a miss on Rutgers-Newark's next possession but couldn't get off a quality shot with time expiring.
Louise Ann Borja's layup 20 seconds into the overtime period gave the Scarlet Raiders the lead for good as Kean was only able to net one point off a free throw in the final five minutes.