BY DAN POPOLOSKI-
Setting several team records in the process, the William Paterson University Women’s Basketball team dominated New Jersey City University, winning in a lopsided rout, 96-14.
The Pioneers (11-8) were able to prey on a winless Gothic Knights (0-15) team from start to finish. WPU opened on a 26-point scoring run, and never looked back, leading the game 53-2 at the half.
The 14 points allowed was the second lowest that William Paterson has ever allowed in a women’s basketball game. According to the university, the previous record was set in the 1980-81 season when the Pioneers throttled Brooklyn 68-8. The 82 point difference tied the school’s best ever result, matching their dismantling of NJCU in 1991.
Naturally, a record breaking night for the program led to many personal bests from many players on the squad. Freshman guard Danica DeFrank registered a career high 13 points, while fellow guard Brianna Brooks set marks in rebounds, assists and steals. DeFrank was one of five players to notch over ten points in the game, with Julie Rovito, Ashley Castillo, Sierra Strong and Brooks joining in on the fun.
It was the second unit on the floor for WPU that kept the ball rolling, littered with underclassmen and normal reserves. It was a rare opportunity for them to stretch their legs, and the group didn’t disappoint.
In the end, the Pioneers shot 57% from the floor, holding the Gothic Knights to a putrid 11% clip. They also crashed the boards relentlessly, out-rebounding the opposition 52 to 16.
It was eighth conference win for the Pioneers this season, leaving them in fifth place in the NJAC. One more victory will match their mark from just last year, with five more games left on the schedule.
After a home game against Stockton on the 27th, William Paterson will head out on the road to play Montclair State on Wednesday, January 31.