WAYNE, N.J. – Junior forward Dana Jeter (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) had career bests of 21 points and eight assists and junior guard Floriana Borova (Cresskill, N.J./Cresskill) fell just one assist short of a triple-double as the No. 25 William Paterson women's basketball team (2-1, 1-0 NJAC) opened its New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and home slates with a 63-51 victory against The College of New Jersey (1-2, 0-1 NJAC) Nov. 20.
The Pioneers scored 15 of the game's first 18 points, as Borova and Jeter combined for all but two of the tallies to hand WP a 15-3 edge at the 14:58 mark. The closest the Lions got during the first 20 minutes was seven, but the Pioneers took a 39-29 advantage into the locker room. Jeter posted 15 first-half tallies and Borova collected 11 points and seven assists as William Paterson shot 51.6 (16-31) percent from the field and out-rebounded TCNJ by a 23-14 count.
The Pioneers stretched their lead to as many as 16 (48-32, 15:14) during the second half, but a 10-2 Lion run made it a two-possession game at 55-49 with 6:36 remaining. Four misses and two turnovers marked the next 90 seconds before Jeter drained a jumper (57-49, 5:06). The two teams traded misses and turnovers, followed by a Borova basket (59-49, 3:38). Sophomore guard Kelly Coughlin answered the next time down the floor for TCNJ (59-51, 3:14), but those would be the last points of the game for the Lions.
Jeter added eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals, while Borova contributed 18 tallies and game bests of 10 rebounds and nine assists. Senior guard Lindsey Callander (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) finished with 12 tallies and junior guard Kristine Jackiewicz (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) posted seven points.
Coughlin led TCNJ with 14 points, sophomore forward Jessica Goldbach had 13 tallies and six boards, and senior forward/center Candace Vigo pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.
William Paterson will visit Stevens Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2:00 p.m.