Rowan Women’s Basketball Clinches NJAC Regular Season Championship With An 83-65 Win Over William Paterson

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s basketball team clinched a share of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) regular season title with an 83-65 victory over William Paterson University on Wednesday night.

It was the regular season finale for both teams. This is the first time since the 2003-04 season that Rowan has claimed at least a share of the regular season championship. The Profs have an overall record of 21-4 and they are 15-3 in the conference. The 21 wins ties a career-high for head coach Gabby Lisella (2003-04) and the 15 conference victories are the most for the team since the 1999-00 campaign. Rowan is the second seed in the NJAC Championship Tournament by virtue of Montclair State University winning a coin flip and earns a first round bye. The Profs host a semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. William Paterson is 14-11 and they have a 10-8 NJAC mark.

Guard/forward Kaitlin Schullstrom (gr. Colts Neck, NJ/Colts Neck) scored 17 points and had seven rebounds. Guard/forward Melissa Lake (gr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) tied her career-high with 16 points. Guard Valerie Garofalo (jr. Ventnor, NJ/Holy Spirit) collected 14 points. Guard Anyssa Sanchez (jr. Stratford, NJ/Sterling) and guard/forward Ashanti Bishop (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.

For William Paterson, guard Jackie Rodriguez (so. Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville War Mem.) scored 16 points. Forward Alex Milne (sr. Howell, NJ/Howell) tallied 15 points. Forward Ariana Gomez (so. Garfield, NJ/Garfield) grabbed 11 boards.
Rowan jumped out to a 12-5 lead with 5:54 to play in the first quarter. Lake had 10 of the 12 points. The Profs were ahead 18-10 at 1:07 of the first then William Paterson used a 24-6 run to go out in front 34-24 with 4:03 on the clock in the second. The run spanned seven minutes over the first and second frames. Rodriguez tallied 10 points, Milne had six and four other Pioneers recorded two points each. Rowan collected the final 10 points of the stanza to tie the game at 34 heading into intermission.

The game was knotted at 36 (9:24) in the third. Rowan then scored 13 of the next 16 points to take a 49-39 lead with 5:57 left. Sanchez had five points. Milne cut the deficit to six (52-46) at the 3:07 mark then the Profs tallied the next seven for a 59-46 advantage with 1:35 on the clock. Rowan took a 62-51 lead into the fourth.

The Profs were ahead 66-55 (7:06) then used a 10-2 spurt to open up a 19-point cushion (76-57) with 4:05 to play. Rowan led by as many as 20 (79-59) at the 3:13 mark and the Pioneers could only get as close as 16 (81-65) with 1:20 on the clock.

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