UNION, N.J. — Danielle McFadden scored a career-high 19 points and added 14 rebounds to lead 23rd-ranked Kean to a 53-47 victory against Richard Stockton in the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season finale on Wednesday evening.
McFadden hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor and grabbed five offensive boards en-route to the double-double for the Cougars (21-4, 12-1 NJAC), who clinched home-court advantage throughout the NJAC playoffs.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 4 DePauw 62, Wittenberg 45|
|No. 5 Calvin 73, St. Mary’s (Ind.) 52|
|No. 7 Mount Union 65, Baldwin-Wallace 58|
|No. 8 Mary Washington 64, Stevenson 30|
|No. 10 UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout 44|
|No. 14 St. Thomas (Minn.) 71, Bethel 56|
|Trine 52, No. 15 Hope 50|
|No. 17 Babson 84, Clark 58|
|No. 18 UW-River Falls 69, UW-La Crosse 53|
|No. 19 Franklin 66, Mount St. Joseph 48|
|No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan 75, Millikin 63|
|No. 22 UW-Eau Claire 75, UW-Platteville 48|
|No. 23 Kean 53, Richard Stockton 47|
|No. 25 UW-Whitewater 85, UW-Oshkosh 50|
Lauren Alwan also had a double-double for the Ospreys (14-11, 5-8 NJAC) in a losing effort.
The Ospreys opened up the game with a 8-1 lead, before the Cougars answered with seven consecutive points to tie the game at 8-8 on the three-pointer by Erika Jones at the 14:41 mark. The Cougars would take an 11-10 lead on a three-point play by McFadden, however Richard Stockton scored the game’s next 12 points to open up a 22-11 lead after a three-point play by Che’Na Thompson with seven minutes remaining.
Kean responded with a 12-1 run to tie the game at 23-23, as McFadden opened the run with a layup, before her steal and lay-up tied the game at 23-23 with 4:32 left. The two teams battled back and forth in the final minutes of the opening half, as Kean took the 30-29 lead into halftime.
McFadden had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half, while Alwan had 13 points, five rebounds and five steals for Richard Stockton.
The Cougars extended the lead to 34-29, as McFadden opened the second half with back-to-back layups. Richard Stockton scored five consecutive points to tie the game at 34-34 and again at 36-36, however Kean would extend the lead to as many as nine points on a pair of occasions in the final six minutes.
The Ospreys used a 7-1 run to pull to within three points following a pair of free throws by senior Aliyah Nelson with 30 seconds remaining, however that would be as close as Kean would allow the Ospreys, as Jones had a three-point play and sophomore Shay Collins hit 1-of-2 free throws to seal the victory.
McFadden added four assists, four steals and two blocks, while Jones chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
For the Ospreys, freshman guard Brittany Muniz finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.