In this uncertain and unnerving time, Jefferson Athletics would like to focus on the positive. Therefore, over the coming weeks, JeffersonRams.com will take a look back at some of the highlights of the 2019-20 season. Next is Men's and Women's Basketball defeating Wilmington and USciences respectively in the CACC semifinals on March 7.
Women's Basketball Tops #14 USciences To Advance To Third Straight CACC Championship Game
The Rams, the South Division's third seed, upped their season-long win streak to 11 games and advanced to the CACC title game for the third straight year. Jefferson will play for its second straight conference crown against Holy Family on Sunday, March 8 at 12 p.m. at USciences.
The Rams scored the first four points of the game before the Devils responded with five. The teams then went back-and-forth, exchanging the lead four times before USciences had a 10-8 advantage (5:50). Jefferson then posted an 11-2 run to take over, 19-12, with 9:48 to go in the second quarter. The Devils came back with nine consecutive points to take a 21-19 edge (6:50). The Rams then got hot again, pouring in nine of the next 12 to take a 30-24 lead at the 2:07 mark. USciences scored the last four points of the half to make the score 30-28 at the intermission.
The third quarter was all Jefferson as it outscored the Devils, 17-6, during the frame. The Rams shot 50.0% (7-of-14) during the period and held USciences to just 16.7% (2-of-12). Four different players scored for Jefferson during the quarter, led by junior Sabria Lytes and freshman Haley Meinel with six apiece.
Opening the fourth with a 47-34 advantage, Jefferson kept its foot on the gas, putting up nine of the first 12 points for its largest lead of the day at 19 (56-37) with 6:39 on the clock. The Rams cruised the rest of the way as the Devils came no closer than 14 down the stretch.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Lytes finished with a career-high 19 points and and eight rebounds. She was 6-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line.
- Meinel totaled 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She grabbed six boards.
- Senior Alynna Williams tallied 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney contributed nine points with freshman Morgan Robinson chipping in five boards, five assists and two blocks.
- Freshman Emily Keehfuss recorded nine points and junior Allie Warren corralled seven rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 45.1% (23-of-51) from the field, 50.0% (4-of-8) from three and 67.9% (19-of-28) at the line.
- Jefferson played great defense all game, contesting shots constantly, and held the Devils to just 29.7% (19-of-64) shooting, 20.6% (7-of-34) from beyond the arc.
- The Rams outrebounded USciences, 43-35.
- Williams made one three-pointer to get within one of Rachel Day's career record (239).
- Jefferson is making its seventh CACC Championship Game appearance with titles in 2009, 2016 and 2019.
- The Rams scored the most points against the Devils' third-ranked defense than any other team this year, topping the previous total of 67.
- It was USciences' largest margin of defeat at home since a 70-45 loss to Kutztown on December 30, 2012.
- Jefferson put an end to USciences' 20-game win streak.
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 796th career win (647 at Jefferson).
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"They (USciences) have a really collapsing defense. We really wanted to move side-to-side to make them move side-to-side and we had to shoot jump shots. We didn't think it was going to be an inside game. We did a great job at moving the ball and distributing the scoring. I think it speaks to the maturity of the team and how well we made jump shots."
- Head coach Tom Shirley on the Rams' success against the nation's third-ranked scoring defense
"It was a great mood. At that point, we had nothing to prove. They were the ones that were nationally-ranked and beat us twice and they were playing in their gym. All of the pressure was on them. We just had to come in and play our game. It's hard to beat a team three times. We just stayed positive and kept encouraging each other."
- Junior Sabria Lytes on the Rams' mindset prior to the game
Bradanese's Career High Leads #12 Men's Basketball To CACC Championship Game
The Rams, the tournament's number one overall seed, advance to the CACC Championship Game against Dominican on Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson came out on fire, netting the first 18 points of the game. The Rams were 7-of-8 during the stretch with four three-pointers. With the score 23-4, Jefferson put together seven more points to make it 30-4. Trailing 33-7, the Wildcats, the third seed in the South Division, scored seven of 10 to close the gap to 22 (36-14) at the 6:05 mark. With the score 48-22, the Rams closed the first half with seven in a row to lead 55-22 at the break. Jefferson continued to hold Wilmington at bay in the second, leading by at least 31 and by as many as 45, on the way to the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Josh Bradanese finished with career-highs of 38 points and eight assists while also grabbing six rebounds. He was 15-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-11 from three-point distance.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory picked up his 14th double-double of the year with 20 points and 13 boards. He was 9-for-16 and added five assists and two blocks.
- Sophomore Deondre Bourne produced 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. He shot 6-for-10, 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
- Senior Prince Hickson tallied 13 points and senior Kylan Guerra recorded nine rebounds and eight assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 61.3% (38-for-62) from the field, 54.5% (12-for-22) from downtown and 75.0% (12-for-16) from the line.
- Jefferson held Wilmington to just 32.4% (23-for-71) shooting, including 26.5% (9-for-34) in the first half.
- The Rams outrebounded the Wildcats, 45-29.
- Mallory recorded his 1,000th career point as a Ram.
- Jefferson dished a season-high 28 assists.
- The Rams reached the CACC Championship Game for the eighth time, winning titles in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
- It was the 1,123rd career win for Herb Magee.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Tonight, they (Wilmington) were guard-oriented. Their guards are who you have to stop. With these other teams (Bloomfield and Dominican), they have good guards but they also have good power guys too, guys who can score inside. So the game is going to be much more physical than tonight."
- Head coach Herb Magee looking towards Sunday's championship game.
"We study a lot of film so we were looking at the previous two games and trying to see what worked well and what didn't against them. We just capitalized on those things and that's what helped us out so much."
- Senior Josh Bradanese on trying to beat Wilmington for a third time this season.