Women’s basketball wins in overtime while men’s team drops tough one

The Ramapo women’s basketball team earned an overtime victory with a final score of 77-75 on the road at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on Saturday. With the win, the Roadrunners moved to 16-8 overall and 10-7 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).  

Ramapo was led by Jackie Ventricelli with a career high of 34 points while Jada Thompson tied her career high of 22 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Both teams played evenly in the first quarter until a three-pointer from Ventricelli sparked a 10-3 run for the Roadrunners, capped off by three points from Bridget Cahill. TCNJ went on a 16-0 run with only three minutes left of play, behind six points from Isabella Cafaro, taking a 10-point lead, 31-21.

The Lions netted four three-pointers in the third quarter as they pushed the lead. Ramapo scored 19 points in the quarter with Thompson contributing 11,

Peter Gorman scored a career-high 34 points against The College of New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

but they were still trailing the Lions, 44-60. 

The Roadrunners dominated the fourth quarter, with a 21-2 run over eight and a half minutes of play, behind 10 points from Thompson and nine from Ventricelli. Neither team scored in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime. 

With seconds remaining in overtime, Karly Wittenbauer grabbed an offensive rebound for Ramapo and immediately put the shot back up as it swished in

for the 77-75 lead. TCNJ advanced the ball on a timeout before Ventricelli grabbed her fifth steal of the game as Ramapo came away with the road win.

The Ramapo men’s basketball team suffered a tough loss against TCNJ, 82-77, on Saturday moving them to 9-15 overall and 5-12 in the NJAC. 

Peter Gorman led Ramapo with a career high of 34 points while dishing out seven assists. Jordan Myers posted 15 points and collected five rebounds while Shane Rooney pulled down nine rebounds.

The Lions scored 15 points in the remaining four minutes of the first half to Ramapo’s six as TCNJ took a 16-point lead into the locker room, 46-30.

The Lions started the second half with a 9-3 run. Gorman netted seven points for the Roadrunners in one minute of play to close the gap. The Lions and Roadrunners played evenly for the remainder of the second half until a shot from Justin Bladen sparked a mini 7-0 run for Ramapo, 70-77. 

Gorman hit a key three pointer with eight seconds remaining, bringing the Roadrunners within three, 77-80. TCNJ’s Anthony DiCaro drew a foul to get to the free throw line as he scored the final two points of the game, giving the Lions the 82-77 win.  

Both the women’s and men’s teams will be waiting for their rankings for the NJAC Tournament. The first round of games are scheduled for Saturday.



Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics