Kean University dominated the second half to beat Richard Stockton College 79-53 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament first-round game Saturday night in Union.

Kean trailed by one point at halftime but outscored the Ospreys 42-15 during the second half, including the final 14 points over the last 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

The Cougars beat (15-11) Stockton for the third time this season and advanced to the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Cougars will play at top-seeded Montclair State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The NJAC champion will get an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

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The fifth-seeded Ospreys, whose roster included seven freshmen and no seniors, ended their season 12-14.

Lauren Alwan and Sara Farrell scored 14 points apiece for the Ospreys, who entered the tournament having won three straight games. Alex Nardoza added 10.

Stockton scored the game's first five points and trailed for only 49 seconds during the opening 20 minutes. Stockton led by as many as nine, 34-25, with 3:42 left in the half.

Stockton built its first-half lead with sharp shooting, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 from the foul line. But the Ospreys hit just 5-of-25 from the field during the second half.

Meanwhile, Kean got hot, shooting 15-for-26 (57.1 percent) from the floor during the second half.

AnnaRose Pierre led the Cougars with 18 points.

Richard Stockton   38  15--53

Kean                       37  41--79

Stockton--Nardoza 3-12 3-4 10, Farrell 5-14 2-2 14, Gervato 1-2 0-0 3, Parliament 3-5 0-1 6, Alwan 5-15 4-4 14, Christina 2-4 0-0 6, Perst 0-1 0-0 0, Anastasi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-54 9-11 53.

Kean--Davis 6-12 2-2 14, Smith 8-12 0-0 14, Jones 1-2 4-6 6, Collins 5-8 0-0 14, Pierre 8-13 2-4 18, Adams 1-1 0-2 2, Harris 0-3 0-0 0, Casey 2-5 4-4 9. Totals 31-56 12-18 79.

3-pointers--Stockton, Farrell (2), Christina (2), Nardoza, Gervato. Kean, Collins (4), Casey.

Records--Stockton 12-14, Kean 15-11.

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