RIT women hold off New Jersey for third win

Courtesy of RITathletics.com

TRENTON, NJ — The RIT (3-0) women’s basketball team picked up a big win on the road Friday defeating The College of New Jersey (0-1) 64-51. The Tigers held off the Lions in the fourth quarter, making clutch free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

“It was a great road win against a tough team,” said RIT head coach Amy Reed. “I am proud of how we responded to their runs and were able to hold onto the lead.”

RIT shot 36.7 percent from the floor on 22-of-60 shooting. The Tigers made just 5-of-14 from beyond the arc, but were excellent from the foul line, going 15-of-17, including 14-of-16 over the final three minutes to put the game away. Sabrina Wolfe (Troy, NY/Troy) led RIT with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tara Lynch (Green Township, NJ/Newton) tallied 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while first-year forward Alyssa Juergens (Rochester, NY/Hilton) tallied nine points and grabbed a season-best 12 rebounds. Cori Okada (Fullerton, CA/Troy) finished with eight points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Jen Byrne and Samantha Famulare each scored 11 points for TCNJ who shot 28.6 percent from the floor. Shannon Devitt had 15 rebounds to go along with nine points, while Elle Cimilluca had seven assists for the Lions.

RIT led 18-5 after the first quarter, shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. The Tigers jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a fast break bucket from Wolfe off a nice feed from Juergens at the 4:28 mark of the quarter. Wolfe and Lynch each scored eight points in the quarter to lead RIT.

TCNJ scored nine points early in the second quarter on three 3-pointers. Famulare cut the RIT lead to 20-14 on her 3-pointer with 7:47 remaining in the half. The Tigers outscored the Lions 12-5 over the final 7:47, to lead 32-19 at the break. Juergens drained a 3-pointer with 2:36 remaining to increase the RIT lead to 30-19, and Sarah Henretta (Fairport, NY/Fairport) scored off an assist from Juergens with 1:04 to play in the half to give the Tigers the 13-point lead.

TCNJ came out roaring to start the third quarter, opening with a 10-0 run, cutting the RIT lead to 32-29 on a 3-pointer from Byrne. Devitt cut the Tigers lead to 36-34 on her 3-pointer with 4:59 remaining in the quarter.

RIT responded with seven straight points on a 3-pointer from Wolfe and buckets from consecutive from Juergens and Brooke Stanley (Minnetonka, MN/Benilde-St. Margaret’s) to give the Tigers a 43-34 lead. Stanley added a late bucket, while Byrne scored for TCNJ at the buzzer to cut RIT’s lead to 45-39.

The Lions scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, cutting the RIT lead to 45-44 on a 3-pointer from Famulare with 8:24 remaining in regulation. Both teams exchanged possessions until Lynch scored despite being fouled with 5:32 remaining to give the Tigers a 47-44 lead. She converted the old fashioned 3-point play to increase the RIT lead to 48-44. Wolfe scored with 4:42 that made it 50-44 Tigers.

TCNJ tried fouling RIT down the stretch to extend the game. The Tigers were clutch from the foul line, making 14-of-16 free throws to seal the win. Tonight was a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round game, also won by RIT.

The Tigers, ranked No. 24 in the WBCA Preseason poll, returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when RIT plays at The College at Brockport at 6 p.m.

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