PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (20-2) captured their 20th win of the season on Thursday evening from the Gallagher Center with an 83-63 nonconference win over Washington Adventist (14-10).
The win gives women's basketball head coach Tom Shirley his 21st 20-win season with the school in his 29 years. In his entire 37-year coaching career, Shirley has 26 20-win seasons with the other five coming at DeSales. To read more about his 20-win feats, click here.
Thursday's contest was close for the opening quarter. Jefferson found themselves trailing 21-19 at the end of the first 10 minutes of the game as Washington Adventist hit 9-of-17 shots for 52.9%.
The Rams fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Shock 22-9, to give Jefferson a 41-30 edge at halftime. Redshirt sophomore Alynna Williams led all scorers with 10 at the break.
Washington Adventist kept pace in the third quarter as the Rams gained a slight 12-point advantage heading into the final quarter, 61-49.
Redshirt freshman Caitlyn Cunningham scored 12 of the team's 16 points to open the quarter as the lead stretched to 77-59.
Jefferson led by as many as 24 with 1:19 remaining before the game went final, 83-63.
Cunningham tied her season- and career-high with 24 points off the bench behind 6-of-8 shooting including 4-of-5 from three-point range. She also hit 8-of-8 from the line. The redshirt freshman dished out a game-high seven assists and grabbed three rebounds.
Williams finished with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes of action.
The Rams outrebounded the Shock, 41-36, which led to a 16-8 edge on second-chance points. The Rams turned the ball over a season-low eight times while forcing 21, leading to 32 points off turnovers.
Jefferson Women's Basketball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. with Felician at the Gallagher Center. The men's game follows at 4 p.m.