JERSEY CITY, NJ – Despite another dominant performance from the captain in second year Damaris Rodriguez (Secaucus, NJ / Secaucus), who led all players with a career-high 30 points and a record 11 assists for their second career double-double, the University of New Jersey City women’s basketball team suffered a tough 81-78 loss at the hands of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Thursday afternoon, December 30, on Coach Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC).
The Gothic Knights (3-4) led by nine points to start fourth and had a game-high 11 points advantage with 9:41 left against the Bobcats (7-1), but UPG dominated offensively. in the final period and beat NJCU 31-19 in the final 10:00 to complete the comeback. Pitt-Greensburg ran a 10-1 run from 6:55 to 5:24 to tie at 64-64, and from that point on, the two teams traded the lead several times.
Tied at 73-73 with 1:51 to go, UPG was up five quickly, but the rookie Olivia Wooten (East Orange, NJ / Immaculate Conception) a three drop from the top of the arc made it a two-point game, 78-76 with 1:10 to go. Down four after a pair of free throws Bobcat, junior Janari Newsome (Newark, NJ / Technology) took a pass from Rodriguez underneath and sank a layup with 16 seconds remaining – a huge one for his only bucket of the day. Then, three behind, NJCU got the ball with 00:13 on the clock, requiring a three to match. Unfortunately, the Gothic Knight couldn’t send him into overtime in that last possession and the Bobcats took the win.
– Junior Jada Camacho (Jersey City, NJ / Dickinson) notched his third 20-point performance of the season for the Gothic Knights and finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a three-block high. This is his second double-double of the season.
– First year center Liyah Allen (Hillside, NJ / Hillside) also had a double-double – the first of his college career – after amassing 13 points and knocking down 11 boards, a team-high.
– Wooten contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
– UPG’s Nadege Durand (16 rebounds, game-high) and Sidney McCully each finished with 22 points. The latter was also 5 to 9 out of three.
The Gothic Knights are looking to shake off that latest post-New Years loss when they travel to Amherst, Mass. For their first opposition of the year. The NJCU will face No.4 nationally ranked Amherst College of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Sunday evening, Jan. 2 at 6:00 p.m. ET.