Kings Point, NY – The USMMA women's basketball team suffered a 62-50 loss at the hands of Rutgers-Newark Friday night in the final game of the calendar year for both squads. Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, IL) led the way with 17 points but the Mariners would be unable to overcome shooting 24.5 percent from the field. Rutgers-Camden held a 57-33 rebounding advantage while Alex Gravinese had 17 points, including four trifectas.
Rutgers-Camden (2-4) opened the game with three straight buckets, forcing USMMA to call an early timeout. The Mariners battled back and took a 12-10 advantage as VanDerWal buried one of her five three-pointers of the night. However over the next five minutes the Scarlet Raptors would take control, scoring the next 14 points.
Merchant Marine (2-7) faced a 36-21 deficit heading into halftime after shooting 17.9 percent in the opening 20 minutes of action. USMMA was 10-of-12 (83%) from the free throw in the first half and forced the visitors into 12 turnovers. Rebecca Resor (Bay St. Louis, MS) tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
The Scarlet Raptors opened up a 20-point lead at the 12:10 mark of the second half on a Monica Burch jumper. Burch totaled 15 points on the night while Michelle Onu hauled-in 11 rebounds and recorded five blocks. USMMA chipped away at the margin down the stretch but would get no closer than the final margin of 62-50.
The Merchant Marine women's basketball team returns to action at home January 11 for a Landmark Conference contest against Catholic.