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Montclair State dominated by NJCU in a NJAC matchup

Isabelle Orlando led the Montclair State University Red Hawks with 14 points in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup against the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights (NJCU) where they were defeated 72-52. Montclair now has an overall record of 8-9 and a 5-5 NJAC record.

Megan Duffy followed behind Orlando with nine points and five rebounds. Damaris Rodriguez led the Gothic Knights with 33 points and five rebounds.


NJCU started the scoring with a 4-0 run courtesy of Jasmine Reese and Jada Camacho, who both put up a layup. Teresa Wolak made the first two points for the Red Hawks and followed up with another layup after Jade-Dee Tolentino made a jumper for the Gothic Knights. NJCU then went on a 14-0 scoring drive to give the Gothic Knights a 14-point lead over the Red Hawks. Camacho started the drive with a made three-pointer before Rodriguez made a three-pointer and a layup to keep the drive going. Rodriguez scored four more points before Madelyn McCrea broke their drive with a layup for the Red Hawks. Five more points were scored in the dying minutes of the quarter to finish 21-12, the Gothic Knights leading.

The second quarter started with Liyah Allen making both free throws after being fouled by McCrea. Rodriguez then followed up with two jumpers for the Gothic Knights. Orlando scored her first points of the game with a made three-pointer to increase their score to 15. There was a two-minute gap where neither team scored, but that was broken when Jalynn Clark made two free throws. Orlando then made another three-pointer, and Rodriguez scored another jumper. The quarter finished with McCrea making two layups, scoring 38-25 going into halftime.

Rodriguez started the third quarter with a layup and one to give the Gothic Knights a 16-point lead. Duffy then made a jumper to decrease the deficit to 14. Camacho then followed up with a three-pointer, and Duffy made another jumper for two. Rodriguez then added to her tally with a three-pointer and a jumper increasing their lead to 23. The Red Hawks scored six more points to end the quarter, but they still faced a 19-point deficit. NJCU led 56-37 going into the final quarter.

The final quarter started with Rodriguez scoring a jumper once again before following up with a layup. Luckily for the Red Hawks, Wolak and Orlando were both fouled, but they made free throws. Genevieve Fara made two layups and two free throws to try and get Montclair back in the game. Orlando closed the game with a three-pointer, but it wasn't enough, as NJCU won 72-52.

Montclair finished shooting 35.7 percent from the paint and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. NJCU shot 44.4 percent from the paint and 47.1 from beyond the arc.

What's Up Next for the Red Hawks?

The Red Hawks return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. to face NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden in Camden, NJ.