(Galloway, NJ) – Richard Stockton (5-3, 3-3 NJAC) fell behind early to 14th-ranked Montclair State (14-0, 7-0 NJAC) and never recovered as they were dominated by an 81-46 score on Thursday night. Che'Na Thompson (Salem/Salem) led the Ospreys with 12 points in the loss.
The Red Hawks jumped out to an 11-4 lead and that was as close as Stockton would get as Montclair State forced 10 Osprey turnovers that led to 15 first-half points. Montclair also showed its dominance on the glass as they out-rebounded Stockton 24-17 in building a 41-21 lead at the break. Ta'Yon Morgan-Jones (Atlantic City/Atlantic City) scored all nine of her points during the opening stanza against the stifling Montclair defense
The second half was more Red Hawks' authority as they widened their advantage to 74-34 with 5:32 remaining before setting the final score at 81-46. Thompson tallied 10 of her points during the final period but it was not enough to overcome the large deficit.
Besides Thompson's 12 counters, transfer Tiana Cannon (Atlantic City/Atlantic City) scored 10 points in her Osprey debut. Sara Farrell (Marlton/Cherokee) played 38 minutes and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Stockton on the glass.
For Montclair State, Taylor Jeffers scored a game-high 25 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. Teammate Melissa Tobie added 11 counters and blocked four Osprey shots. Shalette Brown chipped in with a double-double of her own with 10 points and 10 boards. The win gave Montclair head coach Karin Harvey her 100th victory in her sixth season as coach of the Red Hawks.
Stockton will travel to take on York (PA) on Saturday night at 6 pm. Montclair State will also take to the road as they face The College of New Jersey next Wednesday for a 6 pm tip.