PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (11-1, 4-0 CACC) held off a second-half comeback from the Wilmington Wildcats (4-7, 1-2 CACC) on Tuesday afternoon from the Gallagher Center by a final of 84-75. The win came as the fifth straight for the Rams.
Three Rams finished with 20-plus points in the matinee victory.
Redshirt sophomore Alynna Williams scored a game-high 24 points behind 10-of-16 shooting along with four rebounds and four assists.
Redshirt junior Jessica Kaminski recorded 22 points with nine rebounds and three assists. The Philadelphia native went 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Senior Rachel Day finished with 21 points on the day behind 8-of-17 shooting including 5-of-9 from three-point range. The senior also notched seven assists and four steals.
Jefferson jumped out to a 32-16 lead in the first quarter. Day outscored the Wildcats by herself, finishing with 17 points in the opening 10 minutes behind 6-of-8 shooting including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. The senior now has made 197 three-pointers in her career and needs 32 to break the all-time school record.
After shooting 56.5 percent in the opening quarter, the Rams hit 8-of-21 shots in the second quarter to take their 16-point lead into the break, 49-33.
Wilmington came out firing in the third quarter, hitting 10-of-18 shots as a team to trim the Jefferson lead down to single digits entering the fourth quarter, 65-56.
The Wildcats got within a basket after hitting a three-pointer with 5:31 to play. With Jefferson up 70-67, Wilmington kept it close as the margin held with under four to play.
Redshirt freshman Caitlyn Cunningham knocked down a three with 3:25 left to give the Rams a six-point edge. Wilmington responded with 2:17 to play to get within four, but that was the closest they came as Jefferson won by an 84-75 final.
Jefferson takes a holiday break before its next game on Saturday, Dec. 30. In a doubleheader from the Gallagher Center, the women will host Goldey-Beacom at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.