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Several close wins push Lions up in standings

Sophomore forward Nikki Schott goes for a layup. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Sophomore forward Nikki Schott goes for a layup. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

By Anthony Caruso
Staff Writer

The College’s women’s basketball team had a 7-2 record during the break, turning their season around after a rough, six loss start and now stand at 9-8.

Currently, the team stands at 5-5 within the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), which ties them with the Kean University Cougars for fifth place.

This past weekend’s games with Montclair State University was postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas and is set to be rescheduled in early February in Packer Hall.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the College defeated the Delaware Valley Aggies, 62-54, in Doylestown, Penn. Senior guard Angelica Esposito lead the Lions with 17 points, with eight coming from the foul line in the close game.

There were three lead changes and the game was tied four times. The Lions led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter with 4:13 left in the game.

After Christmas, the College played in the City University of New York (CUNY) Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in New York City, falling to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham on Sunday, Dec. 29, 59-56. Sophomore guard Cindy Napolitano scored 11 points, helping her team advance to the championship game against LehMan College on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

There were five lead changes in this game and it was tied three times. The Lions led by as many as nine points in the first quarter with 1:42 left in the game.

In the championship game, the Lions defeated the Lightning, 65-48, to win the tournament.

There was only one lead change in the game. The College led by as many as 30 points in the third quarter with 2:47 left.

In their first game after the new year, the women’s team won, 62-53, at Ramapo College on Sunday, Jan. 6, reaching .500 for the first time this season. Esposito led the team with 22 points against the Roadrunners.

There were three lead changes in the game, and the Lions led with 56 seconds in the third quarter by 13 points.

Three days later, the team was back on the road at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. They defeated the home team in a 63-37 rout. Esposito had 15 points in the game.

On Monday, Jan. 11, the College continued its win streak with a 64-59 win over Stevens Institute of Technology. This game went into overtime, after Esposito sunk both of her last second foul shots to tie the game at 51.  But in a nail-biting matchup, the Lions outscored the Ducks, 13-8, to secure the win.

Esposito led the team with 23 points. There were two lead changes and the College had a six point lead with 1:39 in the first quarter.

Two days later, the College won its seventh straight game with a 63-57 win over Kean University. Juniors, guard Kim Dana and forward Katy Amato, led the team with 13 points.

There was only one lead change in the game, and the College led by as much as 15 points with 3:21 in the second quarter.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Lions lost their first game since early December, falling, 62-54, to the William Paterson Pioneers.

Esposito led the team with 14 points. The College had a three-point lead with 1:10 left in the first half. The game only had one lead change.

Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Rutgers-Camden swept the season series against the Lions. Esposito and sophomore forward Nikki Schott had 12 points.

The game was tied three times and the College led by four points at 7:44 in the first quarter.

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