Women’s basketball remains focused on their number one goal going into NJAC playoffs

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Kennedy Brown (left) dribbles the ball in a game against Montclair State. She finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Saturday, Feb 8, 2020. Multimedia Editor / Mike Reina.

As the season winds down, the Rowan women’s basketball team is in a very favorable spot.

With just one game to go, the Profs are currently sitting atop the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) at 16-2 in the conference (22-3 overall) with a one game lead.

After the loss against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), the Profs have rattled off five straight conference wins, including one against Monclair State, to secure their spot in the tournament and the first round bye in the NJAC tournament.

Many teams would be riding high on such a great regular season, but the Profs have their eyes set much further. With the NJAC tournament on the horizon, the Profs now have their goal in mind.

“We definitely want to be NJAC champs. But we’re also focusing on the tournament and can’t wait to do big things in the tournament,” guard Kennedy Brown said.

Head Coach Demetrius Poles offered the same sentiment as his guard.

“When you come this far, you wanna put the cherry on top,” Poles said. “We’re reaching over the cake, and now we just gotta put it down. It’s nice when you can get an NJAC championship, so all our thoughts are on that.”

With the final game of the season approaching, the Profs have a one game lead and are facing the team that currently sits in third in the NJAC, Kean University.

With the Profs so focused on the tournament, is there a possibility of this being a so-called “trap” game? The team doesn’t believe so.

“We take everything we do and we approach it day by day,” Poles said. “We manage everyday and we try to worry about ourselves first, and not worry about other teams until we play them. We take that approach so it takes the pressure off our shoulders.”

The final game against Kean takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at home. The NJAC tournament is set to begin it’s first round on Saturday, Feb. 22, however the Profs will be playing their first game on the following Tuesday.

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