Women's Hoops Pushes Past Rutgers-Camden in Double-Overtime

Union, N.J. (12/8/18) – Senior Bre Spencer led the way with a double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds to propel the Kean University women's basketball team to a 95-89 win over Rutgers-Camden in double overtime.

Spencer netted 14 of her points in the final 30 minutes, including five in the final frame.  She shot 50% from the floor and added four steals in 34 minutes for the Cougars (4-4, 3-2 NJAC).

Wykira Johnson-Kelly led all players with a double-double of her own for Rutgers-Camden (5-4, 2-3 NJAC).  Johnson-Kelly poured in 29 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

It was all Kean in the early going as the Cougars sprinted out to 14 point lead (19-5) with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter.  Kean took advantage of seven Scarlet Raptors turnovers in the span. 

Rutgers-Camden adjusted and regained the lead midway through the second quarter as a layup by Fatimah Williams knotted the game at 24-all and the subsequent free-throw put RUC up by one.  The Scarlet Raptors held on to a slim three point advantage going into halftime.

The Scarlet Raptors held on to that slim lead for 19 minutes and 45 seconds of the second half but Spencer's trey with 15 ticks on the clock tied things up.  Both teams had an opportunity in the waning seconds with one possession each, but each fell short.

Rutgers-Camden again took the only advantage of the first overtime, but the Cougars fought to tie the score four times in those five minutes, forcing again another overtime.

A lay-in by Sarah Olivero gave Kean the lead for good just 20 seconds into the final period as the Cougars held on for their second overtime win of the season.

All five starters finished the game in double-figures for Kean with rookie Keidy Laureano ending with a double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds (a game-high).  Junior Payce Lange added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists while freshman Shannon McCoy collected 12 points and nine rebounds.  Senior Danielle Oakley ended the night with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.

For Rutgers-Camden, Williams provided 26 points in 41 minutes of action.

Kean returns to NJAC action when they travel to Stockton University on Wednesday.