JERSEY CITY, N.J. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | Junior center Shege Haxhaj (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) produced her first career double-double for a short-handed New Jersey City University side which played evenly with Ramapo College for a majority of the game, before the Roadrunners pulled away for a 51-38 New Jersey Athletic Conference women's basketball victory inside the John J. Moore Athletic and Fitness Center ('Coach Charlie Brown Court') on January 14.
NJCU (4-12, 0-9 NJAC), playing without three starters, scored just 38 points for the second straight outing. Ramapo led by as many as 17 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Haxhaj led NJCU with 12 points, 10 boards, and three steals in a shade under 40 minutes while senior guard Kiana Briggs (Paterson, N.J./Passaic County Tech) added 11 points, hauled in a season-high eight rebounds, including seven defensive, and assisted on five baskets in 30 minutes. Freshman guard Iyannah Moore (Newark, N.J./University) added seven points.
Ramapo (7-9, 2-7 NJAC) had three players score in double digits, led by Bintou Berete who produced a double-double performance behind a game-high 14 points (5-12 FG) and 10 boards in only 24 minutes of play. Kellie Lane (5-7 FG) dropped 11 points, dished out four assists, and forced three steals as the senior forward played 21 minutes. In 28 minutes, Jina Crawford (4-6 FG) scored 10 points and swatted away three shots.
In defeat, the Gothic Knights started the night slowly as they scored five points in the opening quarter of play. Down 12-5 after one quarter, NJCU matched up more evenly against Ramapo in the middle quarters as both teams scored 11 points in the second period, while the Gothic Knights outscored Ramapo, 11-9 during the third period of play. Heading into the fourth quarter, NJCU only trailed Ramapo by seven points (36-29) before Haxhaj's layup with 9:01 left cut the deficit to five points (36-31). However, NJCU was unable to shrink Ramapo's lead any further as they were outscored 15-7 to close the game
Ramapo scored 17 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds and outscored the NJCU bench, 14-2.