PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (9-1, 3-0 CACC) held off the Holy Family Tigers (1-9, 0-3 CACC) in a conference matchup on a snowy, Saturday afternoon in northeast Philadelphia by a final of 73-67 in the rivalry affair.
Jefferson had an early lead in the game before erasing a 13-point halftime deficit to beat the Tigers.
LEADING THE RAMS
Redshirt junior Erin Maher finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 4-of-8 from three-point range while adding eight rebounds.
Redshirt junior Jessica Kaminski captured her third double-double of the campaign behinds 11 points and 11 rebounds in addition to a game-high seven assists and four steals.
Senior Rachel Day added 15 points in the victory with six rebounds.
Redshirt freshman Caitlyn Cunningham accounted for 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench in 23 minutes.
THROUGH THE QUARTERS
Jefferson owned a 23-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. Maher scored 10 of her 18 points on the day in the opening period to help jumpstart the Rams' offense behind 4-of-5 shooting from the field with two made three-pointers. Jefferson shot 52.9 percent in the first 10 minutes.
The Rams struggled from the floor in the second quarter, making just two shots while Holy Family scored 23 points to take a 41-28 lead into halftime.
A 10-2 run in the early parts of the third quarter helped Jefferson lessen the deficit to six with under five minutes remaining in the quarter. The Rams then cut the lead down to two with under a minute to play in the third. A three-point play by Holy Family followed by a layup by Kaminski made it 52-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
Kaminski hit a pair of free throws to begin the fourth quarter to get the Rams within one before Jefferson tied it up at 56-56 with under eight minutes to play. Jefferson took the lead with 6:32 left after Maher made her fourth and final three-pointer on the day, 61-58. Cunningham scored nine points in the final quarter, hitting 5-of-6 from the free-throw line as Jefferson held on for the road win.
AS A TEAM
Jefferson outrebounded Holy Family, 44-37, in the game. Jefferson capitalized on the Tigers' 14 turnovers, outscoring Holy Family 20-14 in points off turnovers. With the win, Jefferson improves to 3-1 on the road and 3-0 in conference play.
Jefferson Women's Basketball returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 16 at Bloomsburg for a nonconference affair at 2 p.m.