Montclair, NJ – Junior guard Nicosia
Henry (Bolingbrook, IL, Bolingbrook) scored a
game-high 16 points, including 12 in the first half to lead
Montclair State University to a 106-36 blowout victory over Rowan
University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest Wednesday
evening at the Panzer Athletic Center.
Henry, who also collected game-high tying honors of six
rebounds and four steals in just 16 minutes of play, got help from
senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ,
Franklin), who scored 14 points in 15 minutes, sophomore
guard Janitza Aquino (Kearny, NJ, Kearny), who scored 13
points and dished out a game-high tying six assists, and
sophomore forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ, Roselle
Catholic), who added 10 points, five rebounds, six assists
and four steals in17 minutes.
Montclair State, ranked 11thin the nation on the D3Hoops.com
Top25 Poll and 13th in the USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches
Association Poll, remains one of nine unbeaten teams in NCAA Div.
III this season at 17-0 and tops the New Jersey Athletic Conference
standings at 9-0. MSU, which has already set the school record for
the best start to a season, is now just two wins shy of tying the
school record for consecutive victories, which was set during the
The Red Hawks, who won at Rowan earlier this season by 41-points
(84-43), turned in its largest winning margin since defeating
Howard University, 118-48, on Jan. 6, 1978. MSU also reached the
century mark for the first time since Nov. 29, 2003, when they beat
host Galludet University in the first round of the Galludet
Tournament. MSU has beaten Rowan the last
three times and in 10 of the last 11 meetings to lead the
all-time series 40-31.
Montclair State, the nation's leader in scoring defense (43.6
ppg.) and ranked second in scoring margin (28.9 ppg.), took control
of the game early and never looked back. After the teams traded
baskets for a 6-6 tie over the first three minutes, MSU scored the
next 15 points, including six straight by Henry, for a 21-6 lead
with 13:17 remaining in the opening stanza. That was just the start
of the demolition as the Red Hawks held the Profs to just four more
field goals and 11 points for the rest of the half as they quickly
built their margin to 30 points (44-14) at the 5:39 mark and then
by as much as 38 points twice, the last at the intermission, 55-17.
Rowan, which dropped to 4-13 on the year and remained winless in
the NJAC at 0-9 with its fifth straight loss, held its only leads
of the contest at 2-0 and 4-2. Sophomore guard Bria Hill (Atlantic
City, N.J./Atlantic City) was the only Prof in double figures with
Montclair State's dominance was apparent throughout the game.
MSU outrebounded Rowan 46-19 and scored 57 points off 37
turnovers, the 10th time this season the Red Hawks have forced the
opposition into 30 or more turnovers. Montclair State, ranked
second in the nation in steals per game (18.9), pilfered 23 in the
The Red Hawks' collective performance also included 44 points
from its reserves as every player got into the scoring column.
Freshman guard Kelly Williams (Titusville, N.J./Hopewell Junction)
led the MSU reserves with 11 points and five assists.
Rowan and Montclair State are back in action on Saturday in
New Jersey Athletic Conference matchups. The host New Jersey City
at 3 pm. while the Red Hawks visit Rutgers-Newark at 6 p.m.