Galloway, N.J. (2/12/17) – Sophomore Marajiah Bacon netted a game-high 40 points as the Kean University women's basketball topped Stockton University by the final of 76-70.
With the win the Cougars (16-8, 13-4 NJAC) are two games ahead of third place Stockton with one game remaining in the regular season. Kean solidifies the second seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament. The Cougars earn a first round bye and will host a semifinal game on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. Montclair State University claims the other bye with the regular season championship.
Sasha Williams scored a career-high 30 points, including her 1,000th career point to lead the Ospreys (16-8, 11-6 NJAC).
Stockton started quickly in the first period as Williams scored the first four points and assisted on another basket for a 6-4 lead. After see-sawing a bit, Stockton was able to take a slight 10-9 margin with 4:58 to go in the frame, but the Cougars finished the quarter on an 11-3 run to lead 20-12 at the end of the period. De'Mean Bond, who finished the day with her 13th double-double of the season, started the run with bucket in the paint.
The Ospreys turned the tables in the second period, outscoring Kean 18-10 on 6-8 (75.0%) shooting and 5-6 (83.3%) from the foul line. Kean led 27-17 at the 5:44 mark before Stockton ended the quarter on a 13-3 run to knot the game at 30-30 at the break.
That was as close as Stockton would come as the Cougars, on the strength of the NJAC's leading scorer Bacon, pulled away from the Ospreys. Kean won the third quarter 19-10 for a 49-40 advantage after three periods. Kean held Stockton to just 5-16 (31.3%) during the frame.
The final period became academic as Bacon and the Cougars led by as many as 16 points at 64-48 before downing Stockton by the final score of 76-70.
Bacon led the Cougars with a game-high 40 points, with Bond (pictured left) adding 19 points, 12 rebounds and game-highs of five blocks and three steals.
Williams added a game-high 16 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Najha Treadwell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season.
Kean will finish up the NJAC regular season when they travel to William Paterson University on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.