JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 13-2 run to open the second half propelled Saint Peter's women's basketball to a 65-43 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday night.
Junior forward, Sajanna Bethea, nearly posted a triple double of 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists in powering the Peacocks to victory. Saint Peter's improved to an overall record of 2-8 with the win.
Courtney Blankenship led the Knights with nine points while Peniel M'Bikata followed with seven points.
"They were really physical and we kept our poise and rose to the challenge," said head coach Pat Coyle. "I couldn't be more proud of our players. I felt that they fought hard and really played well."
The Peacocks put up the first four points of the game until the Knights came back to tie. Saint Peter's stayed composed going shot for shot before trailing 10-14 at the end of the first quarter. Two early shots tied the score with just under 10 minutes in the second quarter. The two teams continued to go back and forth before a buzzer beating 3-point-shot, by Courtney Blankenship put the Knights in the lead 30-28 just before the teams split for halftime.
At the start of the third quarter the Peacocks jumped from a two point deficit to a 10 point lead a little over four minutes in the third quarter. Bethea launched three assists in the third quarter, assisting junior forward, Samantha Meier twice and freshman Brianna Tarabocchia with a 3-point-shot. The Peacocks finished the third quarter leading 46-40.
The Peacocks continued to dominate in the fourth quarter as they held Fairleigh Dickinson to just three points. An all around effort, contributed to 19 points being scored in the fourth quarter and a 37-13 second half advantage, giving the Peacocks the 65-43 win against the Knights.
Next up.. The Peacocks will return to action on Dec. 22 at Brown University. Tipoff is scheduled to start at 1pm.