WAYNE, N.J. – Junior forward April Smith scored her 1,000th career point as No. 17/19 William Paterson cruised past Keuka for an 81-47 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 4 at the William Paterson University Recreation Center.

The Pioneers (25-3) advanced to the second round on Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Rec Center. It will play Colby (22-5), a 58-48 winner against Stevens (21-7) in the other-first round contest played in Wayne.

William Paterson wasted no time in seizing control of the contest, using 3-pointers by junior BriAnna Lucas and freshman Floriana Borova during its first two possessions, followed by a Smith putback of a miss for her milestone points, giving WPC an early 8-2 edge just 1:26 into the game.

When senior Jessica Fink converted a 3-pointer to pull Keuka to within three at 15-12 at the 12:54 mark, the Pioneers answered by scoring 21 of the next 25 points, blowing the game open to build a 36-16 advantage with 6:46 remaining before halftime. The Storm were 2 for 5 (40.0 percent) from the field with four turnovers during the run, while the Pioneers connected on 6 of 9 attempts, including 5 of 7 (71.4 percent) from beyond the arc.

William Paterson entered the locker room with a comfortable 49-27 lead, turning the ball over just four times while shooting 9 for 21 from long range and 17 for 38 overall during the opening stanza. Borova led the way during the first 20 minutes for the Pioneers with 13 tallies, while Smith had 11 points and nine rebounds.

It was a 41-point advantage by the 6:52 mark of the second half (77-36), despite William Paterson’s reserves seeing the majority of playing time. 

Borova, the current New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Week, finished with a game-best 22 points on 7 for 15 shooting overall and a 4 for 10 effort from 3-point range. In addition to becoming the 20th member of William Paterson’s 1,000-point club, Smith collected her 19th double-double of the season with 15 tallies and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Lindsey Callander was 4 for 6 from beyond the arc for 14 points, NJAC Co-Player and Defensive Player of the Year Lucas had 10 points, six assists and three steals, and sophomore forward Tatiana Javis added six tallies and seven boards in 21 minutes off the bench.

Freshman guard Jessica Bandrowski paced Keuka with 11 points, classmate Casey Chamberlain had seven tallies and senior forward Nadia Madmoune chipped in four points to go along with her team-high five rebounds. 

William Paterson dominated on the glass (55-32 overall, 23-7 offensive) to create a 21-2 advantage in second-chance points. The NJAC Tournament champions also turned the ball over just 10 times and limited the Storm to a 29.4 percent (15 of 51)  shooting to earn their eighth consecutive victory.