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Jeffers Named NJAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Senior Helps No. 5 Montclair State to NJAC Championship, NCAA Bid

 

2/25/2013 2:00:00 PM

Taylor Jeffers

Montclair, NJ – Senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ, Franklin) was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

A First-Team All-NJAC selection, Jeffers helped Montclair State to its first NJAC Championship in 18 years as the undefeated Red Hawks knocked off Rutgers-Newark and William Paterson to claim its second conference crown in program history and first since 1995. In addition, MSU also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, Montclair’s first apperance since the 1994-95 campaign and its fourth overall.

Jeffers averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds along with 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in the two wins as MSU improved to 27-0 on the year breaking the record for the longest winning streak in school athletic history. Montclair surpassed the previous mark of 26 set by the softball team in 2008.

Jeffers scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds in Montclair’s 83-55 win over Rutgers-Newark in the semifinals and then recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 rebounds helping MSU claim the title with a 75-54 victory against William Paterson.

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Women’s Basketball Wins NJAC Championship; MSU Headed to NCAA’s After Beating WPU, 75-54 Montclair Captures First Title, Earns NCAA Bid for First Time Since 1995

2/23/2013 6:43:00 PM
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Montclair, NJ – Senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ, Franklin) scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead undefeated Montclair State University to its 27th straight victory with a 75-54 win over second-seeded William Paterson University in the championship contest of the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Panzer Athletic Center.

Jeffers, who notched her fourth “double-double” performance of the season, scored 11 of her points in the second half to help the Red Hawks break the game open.

Montclair State, ranked fifth in the nation on the D3Hoops.com Top25 Poll and seventh on the USA Today/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Poll, remains one of two unbeaten teams in NCAA Div. III this season at 27-0. The top seed following a perfect 16-0 mark in NJAC play, MSU captures its second conference title in as many championship game appearances. The Red Hawks, who won their previous NJAC championship in 1994-95, will now receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins March 1. Selections will be announced on Monday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

The tournament second seed, William Paterson had a seven-game winning streak snapped in dropping its record to 20-7 on the year. The Pioneers, who were making their 13th championship-game appearance, including the last four in a row, were denied in their bid for a third straight NJAC Tournament title and fourth overall.

This season, MSU has set school records for the best start to a season, for consecutive victories and wins in a season. The basketball team also claimed the longest winning streak by any athletic team in school history, breaking the 26-game winning streak by the softball team in 2008. The Red Hawks, who have also won their last 20 games at home dating back to last season, have defeated William Paterson three times this season, the first time since 2001-02 that they have beaten the Pioneers in three straight meetings. Montclair State, which leads the all-time series 41-34, posted its first win in four tries against WP in the NJAC Tournament.

The first half was tightly-contested with the lead changing hands 11 times and the score deadlocked on 11 other occasions, the last at 33-33 at the halftime intermission. The lead was larger than three points by either team only twice in the opening stanza. William Paterson held the half’s biggest margin at 19-14 at the 9:55 mark.

Montclair State, which has been victorious by double digits in every game this season, finally broke the game open in the second half. The half opened much like the first with three more ties, the last at 41-41 with 13:44 remaining. MSU then held WP scoreless for the next five minutes while scoring 12 straight points, including six by Jeffers, to start an 18-3 scoring outburst that would give them a comfortable 15-point bulge at 59-44 with 5:35 left.

William Paterson, held to just 21 points in the second half, was unable to rally. The Pioneers shot just 25.8 percent (8-for-31) from the field in the half.

Ranked second in the nation in scoring margin (28.7 ppg.) and eighth in scoring defense (45.3 ppg.), Montclair State continued to increase its lead to as much as 21 points twice, the last at the game’s end. MSU won by 20-plus points for the 21st time this season while allowing more than 50 points for just the fourth time.

The nation’s leader in steals per game (18.3), Montclair State was held to just 13 in the contest. The Red Hawks, who also rank third in turnover margin (12.42), forced William Paterson into 23 turnovers.

Three other MSU players reached double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard Janitza Aquino (Kearny, NJ, Kearny) scored 15 points and sophomore forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ, Roselle Catholic), the NJAC Player of the Year, collected 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists. Reserve freshman forward Jen Kuczynski (Springfield, NJ, Jonathan Dayton) scored 12 points, including 3-of-4 from three point range, to help in the Red Hawk victory.

Junior guard Floriana Borova (Cresskill, N.J./Cresskill), the NJAC”s leading scorer this season, topped William Paterson with 19 point. Freshman guard-forward Shakira Negron added 11 points and junior forward Dana Jeter (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Pioneers before fouling out of the contest.

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NJAC Commissioner Terry Small Presents the Championship Trophy to Head Coach Karin Harvey and Team Captains (L-R) Jenny Malone, Taylor Jeffers and Melissa Tobie

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FBC Defenders Players Dominate Middlesex County Awards!

Attention all FBC Defenders players, parents, fan, family, and future players! Tonight during the Middlesex County Girls Championship their will be the presentation of season awards. Please come out and support the program as we will have players being decorated ALL throughout the process! All County, All Division, Etc., Etc., Etc.! CONGRATULATION TO ALL PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES! Hard work, dedication, and committment really pays off! SOLDIERS!!!

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Updated – FBC Defenders 11U & 13U Final Tryout Date

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The FBC Defenders are looking for highly motivated players to join their 11U & 13U 2013 AAU teams. The program’s alumnae are playing at all levels of college basketball (Division I, II, III, JUCO). The current players are making major contributions on their school teams at both the high school and Jr high school levels. The FBC Defenders feature talented coaches who work to help players improve through focused skills development, personal enrichment, and academic support. If you feel you have the passion and drive to compete at high levels, are looking for a place to grow your game, then this is the place for you!

 

AGE: 11U & 13U Girls Teams

DATE:March 3, 2013

TIME: 11:00AM – 12:30PM (11U), 12:30pM – 2:00PM (13U)

PLACE: Herbert Johnson School, 318 Stockton Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Contact: fbcdefendersbball@gmail.com

http://www.fbcdefenders.com

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John Stone 732-742-9436  (Administrator)

John Frederick 732-501-8244  (College Recruitment Coordinator)

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02 2013

Women’s Basketball Sweeps NJAC’s Major Awards; Three Named to All-Conference Team Tobie, Brown, Henry, Harvey All Selected in Vote of League Head Coaches

2/20/2013 9:30:00 AM

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NJAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ – The Montclair State women’s basketball team went through the New Jersey Athletic Conference unbeaten this season and the awards reflected that as MSU swept all four of the league’s major accolades with the announcement of the All-Conference Team on Wednesday.

Sophomore Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ, Roselle Catholic) was named the NJAC Player of the Year while freshman Shalette Brown (Somerset, NJ, Franklin Township) was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. Junior guard Nicosia Henry (Bolingbrook, IL, Bolingbrook) was tabbed as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and Karin Harvey was picked as the Coach of the Year by her peers.

It is the first time that a team has captured all of the major awards since the 2006-07 season. Tobie was also named to the First Team along with senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ, Franklin). Henry was named to the Second Team in a vote by the league’s coaches.

The four players were instrumental in Montclair State’s finest conference season in program history. MSU
went undefeated at 16-0 in addition to going 25-0 overall become the second team in program history to accomplish that feat and the ninth team in Montclair State Athletic history.  Montclair also set records for the best start in program history and tied the record for wins in a season.

Tobie, last year’s Rookie of the Year, becomes the first Montclair State player to earn the NJAC’s top award since Stephanie Machin in 2006 and the fourth overall. She also the first Red Hawk to be named to the First Team in each of her first two seasons since Ebony Allen in 2003 and 2004.

Tobie is ranked in the Top 10 in six different categories, including the league leader in field goal percentage at 51.6 percent. The 6-1 Tobie averaged 14.9 points per game, third-best in the NJAC, and currently ranks third in free-throw percentage (.784) and blocks (1.3 per game). She is eighth in assists (2.9 per game) and 14th in rebounds at 6.1 caroms per contest. Named the NJAC Player of the Week, Tobie had four double-double performances and reached double digits in points in 21 of 25 games. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Gwynedd-Mercy Tip-Off Tournament in November and was chosen to the All-Tournament Team in the MSU Holiday Tournament.

Brown’s selection marks the second straight year that MSU has captured the conference’s honor for best newcomer and third time that Montclair has won it in successive years (Allen and Machin in 2003, 2004 and Aidill Borrero and Wykemia Kelley in 1995 and 1996).

An nine-time NJAC Rookie of the Week selection, Brown averaged 10.3 points per game and 6.8 rebounds in her first season at MSU. Ranked 13th in the NJAC in scoring and 10th in rebounding, she is second in the conference at 3.9 steals per game and is third in field goal percentage at 46.2 percent. Brown registered five double-doubles this season, including three of her last four entering the NJAC Tournament.

Henry is the second Montclair State player to be named Defensive Player of the Year since the league began handing out the award in the 1999-2000 campaign. She joins Kisandra Ayanbeku who was named following the 2008-09 season.

Henry keyed the Red Hawk defensive unit this season which currently ranks No. 1 in the NJAC and seventh in Division III at 44.9 points per game. Henry ranks third in the league in steals with 97 and had 13 games with five or more steals including a school single-game record 12 versus Rutgers-Newark on January 19. The 5-10 junior also contributed offensively for Montclair averaging 9.6 points (18th in the NJAC) and 6.8 rebounds (10th) while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, second-highest in the conference behind Tobie.

Jeffers earns her first All-Conference accolade following her finest season in a Red Hawk uniform. She averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.5 rebounds which both rank in the Top 15 in the NJAC. In addition Jeffers shot 68.5 percent from the foul line and averaged 1.6 steals per game. Three times Jeffers recorded a double-double, including a career-best 25 points along with 10 rebounds in a win at Richard Stockton on January 3.

Harvey was selected as the Coach of the Year for the second time in her six seasons with the Red Hawks having won it during the 2008-09 campaign when her team went 11-2, won the North Division and was the top overall seed in the NJAC Tournament. Harvey joins Jill Jeffrey (1989, 1990) as the only coaches in MSU history to win multiple NJAC Coach of the Year honors. Not only did Harvey lead the Red Hawks to their unbeaten mark and Top 5 national ranking, she also picked up two major milestones this season with her 100th career victory in the season opener as well as her 100th win at MSU on January 3 at Richard Stockton. Harvey has compiled a career record of 124-64 in seven seasons overall, 111-50 at Montclair State where she is fourth all-time in victories.

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