Montclair, NJ – Senior guard Rachael Krauss had the hot hand in the second half scoring 17 of her 24 points as 16th-ranked Montclair State remained unbeaten with a 68-48 win over in-state rival Stevens at the Panzer Athletic Center on Monday.
Krauss connected six times from behind the arc, five in the second half as MSU upped its record to 5-0 on the year. Montclair is now 7-2 all-time against the Ducks (0-3), including wins in each of the last six meetings.
A quick four-point burst the end of the first half gave Montclair State a 26-22 lead which eventually became a 30-28 deficit midway through the third period as Kaitlyn Astel scored on a layup. Yazmine Lacey, who finished with six points, sparked an 8-0 over the next two minutes. Sire had four points with Krauss delivering a three with 2:13 left putting the Red Hawks in front 38-30.
Megan Brown cut the deficit back to 41-36 with three seconds however Krauss let go a 30-foot heave from the right side at the buzzer widening the lead to 44-36 after three quarters.
Montclair State put the game away with a 24-12 final quarter as it went 9-of-13 (69 percent) from the field while the Ducks struggled connecting on just 4-of-20 (20 percent). A three-pointer by Kate Tobie got the lead to double digits (49-38) and five straight points by Krauss, including a three with 6:27 to go put the Red Hawks in front 54-38.
Astel's three with 4:37 remaining got the Ducks within 13 however that would be as close as Stevens would come. Montclair tallied the next nine points, including a final three from Krauss and two layups from Lacey for a 68-46 advantage.
Zoe Curtis finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four steals for MSU, which scored 24 points off 22 miscues by the Ducks. Sage Bennett had six points and seven rebounds while Tobie added six along with three rebounds and three assists.
The Red Hawks are back in action on Wednesday, November 30 hosting Ramapo College in an NJAC contest at 6:00 pm. It will be the Annual Toy Drive for Montclair at the PAC. All fans who bring an unwrapped or new toy will receive free admission to the game.