Women’s basketball victorious at NJAC home opener over Montclair State

JERSEY CITY, NJ – After falling 88-48 to Division I Delaware State University to round out his two-game stretch against season-opening Division I opponents, the #RV (D3hoops.com) The New Jersey City University women’s basketball team opened the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game against rival Montclair State University Tuesday night, November 22 at the John J. Moore Athletic and Fitness Center. The Gothic Knights won the game 66-48 in their home opener behind outstanding play by several different players.

Jersey City (1-2, 1-0 NJAC) started the game on a slow offense as the Red Hawks (2-3, 0-1 NJAC) went on an 11-3 run in the first five minutes. However, the Red Hawks could not keep the Gothic Knights quiet for long as senior guard Laney Fox (Parkland, Florida/Cardinal Gibbons) — she led NJCU with a team-high 21 points — scored her second of seven field goals in the contest to end the run 11-5. The Green and Gold allowed just five more points in the first and late on accumulated four more points to lose the Red Hawks 16-9 by the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the Gothic Knights turned back the deficit and took control of the game. After consecutive field goals from Fox that changed the momentum, Jersey City took their first lead of the game after the junior forward Kyara Cowan (Maywood, NJ/Hackensack) converted a layup to 22:21. Jersey City put on a 20-6 run overall in the second quarter and ended the half with a 29-22 lead.

The third quarter saw the most offense between the two teams as they combined for 36 points. NJCU was on the plus side, producing 20 of 36 to extend their lead to 11. Nine of Jersey City’s 20 in the quarter came in the final 1:05 when NJCU converted on three tries from across the arc. Fox again made two threes, including one on the buzzer. The Green and Gold led 49-38 towards the fourth.

In the final quarter, NJCU played a much stronger game defensively, beating the Red Hawks 17-10. Both newcomers forward Jalynn Clark (Irvington, NJ/Elizabeth) and high guard Jada Camacho (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson) stood out, scoring a combined nine of the 17 points scored by the Gothic Knights. Camacho finished the game in an efficient 6-on-12 contest with 15 points while Clark had an effective nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The game ended with a final score of 66-48 as NJCU emerged victorious in their home opener.

Jersey City travels to Wayne, NJ on Wednesday, November 30th for its second NJAC duel on the road against William Patterson University. The starting shot is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the Sports and Recreation Center, followed by the men’s game.