Monday, December 20, 2004
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Freshman guard Krystal Jankowski established a career high with 17 points and notched her first career double-double by adding 10 rebounds during the Lady Raptors' only game of the week, a 47-45 loss at Cabrini Dec. 14. Jankowski, who collected game-high totals in both categories, broke her previous high of 15 points, set against Goucher College Dec. 6. Her 10 rebounds were one shy of her career high set against Montclair State Nov. 29.
The Lady Raptors played their last game of the calendar year at Cabrini College Dec. 14, and the break comes at a welcome time for a banged-up team trying to recover from numerous injuries.
Cabrini outlasted Rutgers-Camden, 47-45, despite a career-high 17 points by freshman guard Krystal Jankowski (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling), who added 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Both her scoring and rebounding totals were highs for the game.
Cabrini’s freshman center Samantha Hartling collected a layup and a clutch foul shot in the last minute of play and finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Lady Cavaliers, who improved to 2-4 with their second win in three outings.
Junior guard Erin Shemar led the Cabrini with 11 points.
Cabrini grabbed the lead for good with 6:33 remaining on a jumper by junior forward Jackie Yoder. Freshman forward Sharae Middlebrook added a free throw to give the Lady Cavaliers a 38-35 lead, but Rutgers-Camden cut the gap to one on a layup by Jankowski, who injured her ankle on the play and was finished for the game, joining the Raptors’ list of walking wounded. That list includes junior center Megan Rulon (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional), who is sidelined until the new year, and junior forward Sarah Thorpe (Millville, NJ/Cumberland Regional), just returning from an injury. Another junior forward, Erin Boiler (Medford, NJ/Holy Cross) has yet to play due to ankle problems suffered during soccer season.
Junior guard/forward Lisa Geiger (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester), meanwhile, has played most of the season with a thumb injury, which finally has healed.
With Shemar scoring five of the next seven points, Cabrini took a 43-39 lead with four minutes remaining before the teams went scoreless for the next two minutes. Geiger notched a pair of foul shots with 1:48 remaining, making it a 43-41 game, and following a foul shot by Hartling, Geiger’s layup made it 44-43 with 1:01 remaining.
In that last minute, Hartling hit a layup to make it 46-43 before the Raptors’ junior guard/forward Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) trimmed the deficit to one point on a basket with 15 seconds remaining.
Hartling made one of two foul shots with 6.9 seconds remaining for the final margin, and the Raptors missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Yoder had eight rebounds for Cabrini, which held a 39-35 edge off the boards. Shemar paced the Lady Cavaliers with four steals.
Jankowski added a game-high 10 rebounds to her game-high 17 points for Rutgers-Camden. Zimmitt notched 11 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) had a game-high six steals.
After posting their first victory of the season Dec. 11 against Medgar Evers College, the Scarlet Raptors are idle until Dec. 30, when they play a non-conference game at La Roche College in Pittsburgh.