JERSEY CITY, NJ - The New Jersey Athletic Conference senior women led from start to finish, and received team-highs of 12 points and seven assists from NJAC Most Valuable Player Alexa Shields (Oakhurst, NJ/Wall) of The College of New Jersey, as the NJAC defeated the Skyline Conference senior women, 68-60, in the 2006 NJAC/Skyline Women's Basketball Senior game, hosted by New Jersey City University at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.
It was the first-ever season ending senior challenge between the NJAC and Skyline conferences. The NJAC is now 4-1 all-time in senior games, after winning 3-of-4 in the previous series with the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC).
Jenna Gambino (Staten Island, NY/St. John Villa Academy) of Stevens Institute of Technology was selected the Skyline's Most Valuable Player after pouring in exactly one-third of her squad's point, finishing with a game 20 points, including five three-pointers (5-9), along with seven rebounds and four blocks.
Shields shot 4-of-6 from the field, with all baskets coming from three-point range, while adding the game-high seven assists, with six rebounds in 20 minutes.
Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) of Rutgers University-Camden added 10 points (5-12) and five rebounds. All 11 players on the NJAC roster scored Camden's Megan Rulon (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional) had eight rebounds, six points, and five blocks.
Other standouts for the NJAC included TCNJ's Erin Frank (Toms Rivers, NJ/Toms River East), who grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, with six points. Montclair State University's Amanda Mullaney (Brooklyn, NY/Bishop Ford) added eight boards, six rebounds, and six assists.
The Skyline Conference received 11 points (5-14 FG), nine rebounds and three assists from Centenary College's Lenaya Price (Jersey City, NJ/Ferris). Mount Saint Mary College's Kellie Stuart (Massapequa Park, NY/Massapequa) and Farmingdale State University's Nicole Judkins (Fort Drum, NY/Indian Rivier) each contributed nine points. All eight Skyline players registered at least one point.
Also for the Skyline, FSU's Angela Williams (New York, NY/Murry Bergtraum) collected nine rebounds and three blocks, while MSMC's Stacy Schultz (Valley Stream, NY/Valley Stream Central) had eight boards. Laura Bucci (Irvington, NY/Our Lady of Victory) of the College of Mount Saint Vincent dished six assists.
The NJAC led 32-28 at the half before extending that margin to as many as 17 at 6:12 of the second period (63-46). After the Skyline cut the lead to 32-31 to open the second half, a 10-0 run by the NJAC seniors opened up a 42-31, 11-point cushion.
The NJAC shot 37.0 percent from the field (30-81), while the Skyline seniors shot 30.3 percent (23-76). The NJAC more than doubled the Skyline's paint production, 30-14, and held a 59-48 difference in rebounding.