CAMDEN, N.J. (Feb. 3, 2020) – Jalissa Pitts has been one of the top freshmen in the New Jersey Athletic Conference throughout her maiden season.
The Rutgers University-Camden guard/forward was rewarded for her talents Monday when she was named the NJAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week. She becomes the Scarlet Raptors’ first NJAC Rookie of the Week since Wykira Johnson-Kelly captured a trio of the conference honors last season (Nov. 12, Dec. 10 and Jan. 21).
Pitts earned her honor after averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds in a pair of conference games as the Scarlet Raptors went 1-1 last week. Rutgers-Camden lost a game at Stockton University Wednesday and posted a big road win Saturday against one of the NJAC’s top teams, Kean University.
Against Stockton, Pitts collected her second career double-double, producing a game-high 19 points, while tying for game-high honors with 11 rebounds. She nearly added another double-double against Kean, once again scoring 19 points and adding nine rebounds. She also collected two assists and two steals in that game.
For the season, Pitts is second on the Scarlet Raptors with a scoring average of 11.6, while leading the team in rebounding with a 7.3 average. She has played in all 20 Rutgers-Camden games, starting 19, including the last 16 contests. She also has added 31 steals (fourth on the team), 21 assists (fourth) and six blocked shots (tied for third).
Pitts notched her first career double-double against Ramapo College on Jan. 8, notching 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Her career scoring high of 25 points came in her first collegiate game, Nov. 12 at Penn State-Schuylkill. She added 24 points in her first meeting against Kean on Dec. 14.
Overall, Pitts has scored in double figures on 10 occasions, including three times with 20 or more points. She also has three double-figure games in rebounds.
Pitts, who also earned honors Monday as Rutgers-Camden’s Raptor of the Week, becomes the second Scarlet Raptor to earn NJAC honors this season. On November 18, senior guard Fatimah Williams was named the
NJAC Player of the Week.
A graduate of Winslow Township High School, Pitts was a two-time All-Olympic Conference First Team player during her scholastic career. She earned 10 varsity letters at Winslow Township, including four apiece in basketball and soccer and two for outdoor track.
A Nursing major at Rutgers-Camden, Pitts captured Dean’s List recognition and a berth on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during her first semester on campus in the fall.