GALLOWAY, N.J. (Nov. 28, 2018) – The Rutgers University-Camden women's basketball team received career highs of 22 points from freshman guard Wykira Johnson-Kelly
and 14 points from freshman guard/forward Tamara Johnson
as it rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to outlast Stockton University, 76-70, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Wednesday night.
The Scarlet Raptors improve to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC, while the Ospreys fall to 1-4 and 0-2.
Stockton leads the all-time series, 60-21, although Rutgers-Camden has gone 3-1 against the Ospreys between last season (2-1) and this year.
Stockton led, 46-42, at halftime, led by 11 points from ex-Scarlet Raptor Kirsten Flournoy
. April Peterson had 10 points through the opening two quarters for the Ospreys.
Johnson-Kelly notched 14 first-half points for the Scarlet Raptors, including 5-for-6 shooting from the floor (2-for-3 from three-point range). She went on to score 22 points to pass her high of 18, set against Hood College Nov. 18.
Rutgers-Camden battled back to take a second-half lead, 52-51, on a trey by senior guard Gabby Greene
with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter. After three more lead changes in the quarter, Johnson hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the frame to send the game into the fourth quarter tied at 59-59.
The wild final quarter featured three ties and a pair of lead changes after sophomore guard Shane Holmes
had a layup to give the Raptors a 61-59 lead to open the period. After Stockton took its final lead of the night, 69-67, on a layup by junior forward Raquel Harris-Scott, the Raptors tied the game on a jumper by junior guard Fatimah Williams
with 2:50 remaining. Moments later, a free throw by Johnson-Kelly gave the Raptors the lead for good, 70-69. Johnson followed with a layup to make it a 72-69 game and the closest the Ospreys came after that was 72-70 on a foul shot by freshman guard Emily Donzanti.
Johnson-Kelly closed out the scoring with a steal and layup to make it 74-70 and added two foul shots with 15 seconds left for the final margin.
While Johnson-Kelly notched her game- and career-high 22 points, the Raptors' Johnson scored 14 to pass her previous high of 11 points, accomplished twice. Williams also finished with 14 points, while Greene added 13.
Johnson and senior guard/forward Ariel Robinson
led the Raptors with five rebounds apiece, while Greene had five assists and Johnson-Kelly notched four steals.
For Stockton, Flournoy and Peterson finished with 17 points apiece. Harris-Scott netted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Donzanti had her own double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
Stockton held a huge 41-25 advantage off the boards, but the Raptors forced 24 Osprey turnovers, while only making 11 themselves.
Rutgers-Camden returns to play Saturday with a 1 p.m. NJAC home game against William Paterson University.