Rowan Women’s Basketball Stays Unbeaten After An 82-72 Victory Over Widener Makes Them 10-0

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s basketball team extended it season opening win streak to 10 games after an 82-72 victory over Widener University on Saturday afternoon.

The Profs are 10-0 for the first time since beginning the 1999-00 campaign, 12-0. The Pride had their seven-game win streak snapped and are 7-2 overall.

Guard/forward Melissa Lake (gr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) scored a career-best 14 points and had seven boards. Guard/forward Alex Raring (so. Linwood, NJ/Mainland Reg.) recorded a career-high 13 points off the bench. Guard/forward Kaitlin Schullstrom (gr. Colts Neck, NJ/Colts Neck) collected 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Guard Anyssa Sanchez (jr. Stratford, NJ/Sterling) and forward Kate Matthews (gr. Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) each tallied 10 points. Matthews also had 13 rebounds, five assists and six steals.

Guard Allison Gallagher (so. Souderton, PA/Souderton) led all scorers with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Widener. Forward Brianna Wylie (sr. Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) contributed with 20 points. Guard Julia Venturelli (so. Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) chipped in with 18 points. Guard Ally Ferrucci (sr. Vineland, NJ/Sacred Heart) handed out 14 assists.

Widener led 6-3 with 8:29 to play in the first quarter after a layup by Venturelli. Rowan scored the next five points to take an 8-6 advantage at the 6:19 mark. The Profs were ahead 10-9 (5:47) then Venturelli hit a layup (4:57) and Wylie nailed a jumper (4:06) putting the Pride ahead 13-10. Rowan ended the quarter with an 11-2 run, making the score 21-15 after one. Five different Profs tallied a basket.
Guard Olivia Rulon (fr. Wildwood, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) netted a triple (6:59) giving Rowan a 26-21 lead in the second quarter. Widener scored seven of the next nine points to tie the game at 28 with 5:03 remaining. Rowan then used a 13-2 run to open up an 11-point margin (41-30) with 25-seconds on the clock. Lake had five points. Guard Nikki Sutliff (sr. Sweet Valley, PA/Lake Lehman) made two free throws (0:11) and Rowan led 41-32 at the break.

Widener opened the third with an 18-4 spurt that made the score 50-45 at the 6:20 mark. Gallagaher and Wylie collected six points apiece. Rowan responded with an 18-4 run to end the period and take a 63-54 lead in the fourth. Matthews and Raring each tallied six points.

Guard Summer Crilley (so. Galloway, NJ/Holy Spirit) hit a three-pointer at the 8:13 mark of the fourth for the Profs’ largest cushion, 69-55. The Pride cut the deficit to nine points on a layup by Wylie (5:28), but guard Valerie Garofalo (jr. Ventnor, NJ/Holy Spirit) (4:27) and Sanchez (3:38) converted back-to-back baskets to balloon the advantage back to 13 (78-65). Gallagaher’s jumper (0:13) made the final margin 10 points.

Rowan returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Cabrini College Classic against Eastern University at 2 p.m.

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