Valerie Garofalo Scores a Team High 11 Points in Battle Against Powerhouse Montclair State University

GLASSBORO, NJ  – The Montclair State University women’s basketball team won 67-57 at Rowan University on Saturday afternoon.

Guard/forward Katie Sire (jr. Hazlet, NJ/Raritan) led the Red Hawks with a game-high 20 points and she also pulled down six boards.  Guard Zoe Curtis (sr. Little Silver, NJ/Red Bank Reg.) recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Guard Kate Tobie (jr. Elizabeth, NJ/Roselle Catholic) collected 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Montclair State is 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.  This week, the Red Hawks are ranked 12th in the Top 25 Poll and 17th by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.  Rowan has a 7-2 record with a 3-2 conference mark.





             A Valerie Garofalo Layup taken on a fans IPhone 12/10/16
Guard Valerie Garofalo (sr. Ventnor, NJ/Holy Spirit) scored 11 points for the Profs and guard Anyssa Sanchez (sr. Pine Hill, NJ/Sterling) contributed with 10.  Center April Szymczyk (jr. Jackson, NJ/Jackson Liberty) and forward Melissa Tarte (jr. Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) added eight and seven points respectively.
In the third quarter, Montclair State led 44-37 after guard Rachael Krauss (sr. Farmingdale, NJ/Colts Neck) hit a three-pointer with 3:10 on the clock.  Rowan went ahead 45-44 (0:31) with eight straight points, two baskets by Tarte and two from Garofalo.  Forward Sage Bennett (sr. Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Twp.) took back the lead with two free throws (0:18).  At the nine-second mark, Sanchez’s layup gave the Profs a one-point advantage (47-46) going into the final period.  The Red Hawks were up 60-51 (3:10) after a 14-4 surge.  Sire poured in nine of the 14 points.  Forward Jenna Hoffner (fr. Medford, NJ/Shawnee) cut the deficit to five (60-55) with a layup at 1:44.  The Red Hawks sealed the victory with a 7-2 spurt.  Sire had five points and Curtis registered two free throws.

The Red Hawks started the game with 11 straight points in 3:14.  Four different players scored in the run.  Guard Mandy Jiang (sr. Kearny, NJ/Kearny) made two foul shots (3:25) and Garofalo had a layup (2:10) to pull the Profs within seven (13-6).  Curtis hit a jumper (1:43) and a three (1:08), which made the score 18-6.  Montclair State was ahead 18-10 at the end of the quarter.

Tobie’s layup at 8:30 in the second stanza increased the lead to 15 (25-10).  Szymczyk had two straight layups and Rowan trailed 27-18 with 5:06 remaining.  The Red Hawks led by 15 (33-18) after guard Tiarra Dillard’s (so. Peekskill, NY/Peekskill) three-pointer at 4:09.  The Profs were down by eight (34-26) going into the break after an 8-1 spurt.  Szymczyk contributed with four of the eight points.

Garofalo almost passed up the chance of playing college basketball at Rowan, but became a major factor in the rebirth of the program.





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