Nov. 18, 2006
FARMVILLE, VA - New Jersey Institute of Technology, playing its third game of women's basketball against NCAA Division I competition, surged into the win column emphatically, blasting Norfolk State, 91-70, in Saturday's consolation game of the Lancer Invitational, hosted by Longwood.
The Highlanders, who were held to 46 points in a 52-46 opening-round loss to North Florida Friday night, exploded for 43 points in the first half alone against Norfolk.
The 91 points for NJIT on Saturday were the most for the Highlanders since they defeated Post, 97-94, in double overtime on February 4, 2004, while playing at the Division II level. The last time the Highlanders scored as many as 91 points in a regulation game was on January 23, 2002 in a 91-84 win over Nyack.
Not surprisingly, given their 91 points, the Highlanders had four double-figure scorers on Saturday, paced by senior Kelly Crowe's 19 points. Crowe now has 1,292 career points, just 30 shy of Nevea Van Wright's school-record 1,322 in a career that ended in 1996.
Piekielski is averaging 17.3 points per game to start her college career, netting 20, 14 and 18 points, respectively, in her first three games. The promising Oyelola had started slowly, picking up a combined six points in her first two games, but she shot 4-for-8 from the field and 9-for-11 at the foul line in the win over Norfolk State.
For Norfolk State, Areya Walker was the top scorer, with 13 points, followed closely by Ebony Gibbs (12 points) and Tiffany Gadsden (11).
Having picked up their first win, the Highlanders will look to even their record on Tuesday, when they host Wilmington of Delaware in a 7 pm game in the Fleisher Athletic Center. Wilmington is the only team on the 2006-07 schedule that NJIT has ever faced before this season.
Last year, the Highlanders beat Wilmington comfortably in Newark, 70-46, and then claimed the season series sweep with a 55-53 nail biter in Delaware.