PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (17-2, 10-1 CACC) hung on for a 74-71 win against the Chestnut Hill Griffins (12-8, 8-3 CACC) from Sorgenti Arena on Tuesday evening in a CACC matchup.
Redshirt junior Erin Maher led the Rams with 20 points behind 7-of-12 shooting including 6-of-11 from three-point range.
Junior Beverly Kum dropped 17 points behind 5-of-9 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Redshirt junior Jessica Kaminski scored 14 points, shooting 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity strike. She also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go along with four assists.
Jefferson held a two-point advantage at halftime, 35-33, after Maher scored 12 points with four three-pointers. The Rams shot 41.4% across the first 20 minutes.
Maher connected on the Rams' only two second-half three-pointers. Kum scored 11 of her 17 in 11 minutes played in the second half.
The Rams led by five midway through the first quarter, 10-5, before the Griffins closed to gap to tie it up 13-13. Chestnut Hill continued their run from the first quarter to take a 17-13 advantage in the early parts of the second. In what was a back-and-forth quarter, the Rams grabbed the edge in the final minute when Cunningham delivered a three with 1:03 remaining to take a 32-29 lead. Chestnut Hill responded with a quick layup before Maher sunk her fourth three of the half to make it 35-31. Jefferson went into the half with a 35-33 advantage.
Jefferson led by five in the early parts of the third quarter before heading into the fourth with the score tied 52-52.
The Rams grabbed their largest lead of the second half at 72-66 with 2:20 left in the contest. A Chestnut Hill three then cut the edge in half. The Griffins then forced a missed Jefferson three before hitting two free throws with six seconds left to make it 72-71. Williams was fouled and hit her two foul shots to take the lead back up to three. Chestnut Hill was able to get two cracks at tying the game in the dying seconds but could not convert as Jefferson walked away with the road victory.
Jefferson assisted on 15 on their 23 field goals, led by redshirt sophomore Alynna Williams with six followed by Kaminski with four and Day with three.
Jefferson connected on 20-of-23 free throws for 87.0% Both the 20 made free throws and 87.0% came as season highs for the team. The Rams also out rebounded the Griffins, 41-33, leading to a 17-9 advantage on second-chance points.
Jefferson Women's Basketball travels up to play Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. before the men at 4 p.m.