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Women's Basketball Team
Defeats Rutgers-Newark (57-56)

--Advance To ECAC Semifinals Friday To Host FDU-Florham--

New York, NY (March 2, 2005) –Jessenia Marrero scored 18 points and Ally Stamatiades had 13 points to give Baruch a 57-56 win over Rutgers-Newark in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Postseason Tournament played on Wednesday night in the ARC.

Baruch advances to play FDU-Florham on Friday night. Tip off in the ARC is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. FDU-Florham defeated Montclair State earlier this evening by the score of 62-53.

Rutgers-Newark (15-12) entered the intermission leading, 23-20, behind 13 points from Sabrina Sanchez.

Baruch (21-6) played a sluggish first half, and shot only 22 percent (8-37) from the field. They started the second half strong scoring the first nine points to take a 29-23 lead.

Rutgers-Newark came back to take a one-point lead, 47-46, on a jumper by Kristina Petrillo with 6:37 remaining.

Baruch responded behind Marrero's back-to-back 3-pointers, and a lay up by Diane Ramirez to take a 56-48 lead.

Rutgers-Newark (15-12) put together another rally in the final minute on back-to-back 3-pointers by Toni Roselli to tie the game at 56 with 36 seconds left.

Nerlande Nicolas then fouled Ramirez with 24 seconds, and she went to the free throw line to hit one-of-two free throws for a one-point Baruch lead.

The final moments saw the visitors from New Jersey with the final possession, but they were unable to get a good shot off as the clock ran out.

Sanchez finished as Rutgers-Newark's leading scorer with 13 points, while Roselli and Eni Fageyinbo each added 12 points.

John Neves
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