The score of the box GLASSBORO, NJ – The TCNJ women’s basketball team entered Wednesday’s NJAC game at Rowan on a two-game winning streak, including Saturday’s thrilling 77-72 overtime win over William Paterson at Packer Hall. Coming to Rowan looking for a third straight win was a tough one for the Lions as the Profs entered a five-game winning streak averaging 20.4 points per game.
Rowan showed that offensive strength by beating TCNJ, 89-58.
The crucial stretch came in the third quarter. After trailing 41-31 at halftime, the Lions reduced that deficit to six with a basket of Izzy Leazier and a pair of Sidney Blum free spins. From this point at 8:48 of the third quarter until Mollie Bruegmeier layup at 4:18, Rowan outscored the Lions, 20-0. This run gave Rowan a 61-35 lead and complete control of the contest.
TCNJ hit a season-high 46.7 percent in the fourth quarter, but Rowan matched that shooting percentage and each team scored 17 points in the final 10 minutes.
The Lions trailed 10 at half-time after being passed by Rowan, 50% to 26.7%. The Lions were trailed by Rowan by only three points in the second quarter despite shooting just 3 for 18 (16.7%) from the field during the period. All three of TCNJ’s field goals in the quarter were three-pointers, and the Lions also held the Profs to just 30.8% from the field.
TCNJ trailed by seven points, 25-18, at the end of the first quarter after finishing the period on a 5-0 run. Nina Branchizio made two free throws, and Julia Setaro completed a three-point play with a second remaining in the quarter. Setaro and Branchizio are tied for a team-high 11 points. Setaro and Blum each had five rebounds to beat the Lions.
TCNJ returns to action on the road at Montclair State on Saturday at 3 p.m.