NEWARK, NJ - The Saint Peter's women's basketball team defeated the NJIT Highlanders, 59-52, on Sunday night in the Wellness and Events Center. Four Peacocks scored in double figures, combining to score 46 points, led by Talah Hughes with 13 points. Sajanna Bethea added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman guard, D'Aviyon Magazine matched her season high with 11 points on 40 percent shooting from the field and Zoe Pero added 10 points and five rebounds.
"I'm proud of the way our players kept fighting to keep the game close until we started playing better," said head coach Pat Coyle. "Thought our press was really good tonight. It really got us going in the third and fourth quarters."
The Peacocks came out with an early 7-6 lead after a free throw from Dajiah Martin, two free throws by Bethea followed two jump shots from Pero. The Peacocks held the Highlanders to one point and added six points to end the quarter in the lead, 13-7.
In the second quarter, the Highlander took a 19-16 lead over the Peacocks. The Peacocks were unable to retake the lead as NJIT lead grew to 24-20. Hughes shot a jump shot just before halftime, cutting the deficit to 25-22.
After halftime, the Peacocks did not score for the first two minutes and the Highlanders increased their lead by seven points a 29-22. The Peacocks then added three points and NJIT added four to make the score, 33-25 with a free throw and a layup by Bethea. Sammy Lochner made a three-pointer followed by a jumper from NJIT adding to the score at 35-28. NJIT posted three more points and the Peacocks added four, trailing 38-32 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter,the Peacocks held NJIT to one point as they came back to take a 39-37 lead, with offensive efforts from Hughes, Bethea, and Pero . The game tied up at 41-41, after a jumper from Hughes and Magazine. The Peacocks eventually jumped out into the lead, scoring the game's next seven out of nine points, extending their lead to 50-43 with 3:02 left on the clock. The Peacocks stayed composed, closing out the game with nine points all coming from the charity stripe (two by Bethea and seven by Magazine) to seal the victory for Saint Peter's.
The women's basketball team will continue non-conference play in the St. Joseph Tournament in Philadelphia, PA against the University of Delaware on November 25th. Tip-off is scheduled for 4pm.