Women’s basketball starts strong with win against Hunter College

The Ramapo women’s basketball team started their season off strong by defeating Hunter College 79-41 at home on Saturday. 

The Roadrunners maintained a lead for the duration of the game, gaining nearly double the amount of points as the Hawks each quarter.

Senior Jada Thompson and junior Olivia Johnstone led the team in points with 19 and 17, respectively. Senior Reilly Sheeley was dominant on the glass with nine rebounds.

Ramapo played strong defensively, scoring 25 points off of Hunter’s turnovers. They also did well offensively, shooting 46% (30-65) from the floor, 39% (7-18) for three-pointers and 52% (12-23) from the free-throw line.

Hunter’s Alexa Charles led the Hawks in points and rebounds, 18 and 13 respectively, but the team was not able to prevent the Roadrunners from prevailing.

Ramapo then lost 64-59 in a tough game against John Jay College on the road on Monday. The team now sits at 1-1 for the season.

The first half of the game seemed to be going in Ramapo’s favor with the Roadrunners leading 25-21 at halftime. Scoring ramped up in the third quarter with both teams scoring 18 points. The fourth quarter is when the game shifted for the Bloodhounds with them scoring 25 points to Ramapo’s 16.

It was a good day for senior Jackie Ventricelli, who scored an impressive 30 points. Thompson was also a big contributor with 15 rebounds.

Ramapo’s defense resulted in 20 points off of John Jay’s turnovers, but the Roadrunners only managed to shoot 33% on the floor and from the three-point line, and 54% from the free-throw line.

While John Jay’s defense was meager, their shooting ability is what secured them the win, shooting 78% (7-9) for three-pointers and 64% (7-11) at the free-throw line.

The Roadrunners will next play Centenary University on Saturday in Hackettstown at 1 p.m. and will face Rutgers-Newark at home on Tuesday for their first New Jersey Athletic Conference match-up.




Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics