WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Youth Carmen Villalobos scored a season-high 16 points as the Hartford women’s basketball team lost 69-52 to NJIT on Saturday. Hartford drops to 2-20 overall and 2-9 in conference while the Highlanders improve to 12-11 overall and 7-5 in the America East.
NJIT 69, HARTFORD 52
Hartford opened the game strong, going 6-0 to a layup and a par. Paula Maurina. NJIT would defend, taking the lead after a 9-0 run, holding a 9-6 lead at 3:36. Jabria Ingram immediately ended the Highlanders’ momentum with a layup, closing the gap to 9-8. Ingram would again fire the Hawks in one, 11-10, before Carmen Villalobos gave the Hawks a 12-11 lead after sinking a floater. The Hawks would hold that lead in the second quarter. The Highlanders opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run, taking a 20-12 lead with 6:14 left in the quarter. Ingram ended the run, making a tough layup after perfect incoming play. NJIT would restore a double-digit lead, until three straight Villalobos points brought the Hawks to within eight, 28-20, with 50 seconds remaining. NJIT would score the final points of the half, taking a 10-point, 30-20, lead into the half.
NJIT continued their momentum in the second half, starting with a 5-0 run to take a 35-20 advantage in the opening minutes. Five straight points from Ingram brought the Hawks within 10, but the Highlanders restored a 13-point, 41-28, lead at 4:16. The Highlanders extended their advantage to 16, taking a 52-36 lead in the fourth quarter. The deficit proved too big, as NJIT won a 69-52 decision.
INSIDE BOX AND NOTES
- Villalobos went 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 from three
- She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds
- Ingram joined Villalobos in double figures, scoring 11 points
- She also finished with a record three interceptions
- Highlanders outshot Hawks, 45.8% to 35.6%
- NJIT held a slim 36-31 advantage in rebounding
NEXT ON PRESS
Hartford concludes its four home games with a game against New Hampshire on Monday. The denunciation from the Chase Arena to the Reich Family Pavilion is scheduled for 3 p.m.