Rowan Women’s Basketball Advances To Second Round Of NCAA Division III Championship Tournament After 93-75 Win Over SUNY New Paltz

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s basketball team moves on to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after a 93-75 win over SUNY New Paltz on Friday night.

The Profs (23-5) face Amherst College (27-1) in the second round on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Amherst defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 65-47 in the other first round game. The winner of the second round contest moves on to the sectionals on Friday-Saturday, March 11-12 at a site to be determined.

Guard Valerie Garofalo (jr. Ventnor, NJ/Holy Spirit) and guard/forward Kaitlin Schullstrom (gr. Colts Neck, NJ/Colts Neck) each scored 18 points. For Garofalo that was a season-high. Guard Anyssa Sanchez (jr. Stratford, NJ/Sterling) recorded 14 points. Forward Kate Matthews (gr. Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) collected a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard/forwardMelissa Lake (gr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) added nine points and eight boards.

For New Paltz, guard Lindsay Bettke (fr. Pelham, NY/The Ursuline School) tallied 20 points. Guard/forward Kit Small (jr. Slingerlands, NY/Academy of the Holy Names) had 15 points and six rebounds. Guard/forward Morgan Roessler (jr. Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) chipped in with 13 points and eight boards off the bench.

Rowan jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead with 6:06 to play in the first quarter. The Hawks cut the deficit to four (18-14) at the 2:59 mark. Lake then hit a three (2:43) and guard Alex Raring (so. Linwood, NJ/Mainland Reg.) made a free throw (2:11) to open up an eight point margin (22-14). New Paltz recorded the next six points to get to within two (22-20) at the end of the first.

The Hawks tied the game at 22 just seven seconds into the second frame. Rowan then used a 13-3 run to take a 35-25 advantage with 5:49 remaining. New Paltz made it 39-31 (2:14) but the Profs tallied the final four points of the half, making the score 43-31 at the break.

Rowan started the third by scoring 13 of the first 15 points to open up a 23-point margin (56-33) at the 7:06 mark. New Paltz never got closer then 14 points for the remainder of the frame and the Profs took a 73-56 lead into the fourth. In the final period, the Hawks scored the first four points, trimming the cushion to 13 (73-60) with 8:57 remaining. The score was 77-64 (7:25) then the Profs had an 11-4 spurt to take a 20-point advantage (88-68) with 3:23 on the clock. New Paltz did not get closer than the final margin of 18 points for the rest of the game.

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