Women’s Basketball Suffers Loss to Montclair Despite Solid Effort by Defense

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Last Saturday, the women’s basketball team suffered a 60-33 loss against NJAC rival Montclair State University at Montclair, which now brings the Roadrunners to a 4-16 record overall and 2-11 record in conference play.

The Roadrunners struggled on the offensive side of ball, shooting 17 percent from the field and only scoring 10 points total in the first half. Montclair pulled away in the first half, with their fast-tempo style of play attacking the basket and forcing 25 turnovers.

There were signs of a comeback for the Roadrunners when they cut the 24-point deflect from the first half to 13 early in the second half with strong interior defense in the paint, and they shot close to 40 percent from the field in the second half. The Roadrunners began to take better care of the ball by limiting themselves to fewer turnovers in the second half and by being more aggressive with their shot selection.

The Roadrunners finished the game with a total of nine blocks, holding the Red Hawks to a total of 29 percent shooting from the field in Saturday’s game. Freshman guard Alexandra Seedes finished the game with a team high of 17 points, while shooting 5-8 from the field and 4-6 from the three-point line.

The Roadrunners 4-16 record may not meet their expectations of a successful season, but this young team has very great promise going forward. Ten out of 12 players will be returning next year.

“We have to become a better shooting team and continue to work and fight hard during the rest of the season,” said head coach Mike Eineker.

Eineker understands there is a lot work to be done after the loss on Saturday, but he believes that Seedes and junior forward Kellie Lane are the right players to lead the team in the right direction for the future.

With four games left in the regular season, the Roadrunners are looking to finish the season on a good note.

The Roadrunners ended their losing streak last night, as they defeated the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights by a score of 71-53. The Roadrunners improved to 5-16 overall and 3-11 in the NJAC, while NJCU remained winless in the conference (0-14) and fell to 1-19.