WILMINGTON, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (23-4, 15-3 CACC) defeated the Goldey-Beacom Lightning (8-19, 6-12 CACC) on Wednesday by a final of 70-56 in Wilmington, Del.
The win secures the Rams a CACC Championship quarterfinal home game next Tuesday, Feb. 27. As the No. 2 seed in the CACC South, Jefferson will host No. 3-seed Dominican from the CACC North. Jefferson also serves as the host institution for both the women's and men's semifinal and championship games on March 3-4 at the Gallagher Center.
Redshirt sophomore Alynna Williams scored 23 points in the effort on Wednesday night to lead the Rams. Williams hit 8-of-14 shots including 3-of-5 from three-point range.
With her ninth double-double of the campaign, redshirt junior Jessica Kaminski notched 13 points with 10 rebounds and three assists.
Senior Rachel Day also finished the evening in double figures with 10 points.
Jefferson limited Goldey-Beacom to just nine field goals in the first half as the Rams took a 28-22 advantage into the break. Williams had nine at the half to lead Jefferson while the team shot 44.8% from the floor (13-of-29).
A 7-2 run to start the second half pulled the Lightning within one, 30-29, with 7:41 to play in the third. From there, the Rams went on a 16-6 stretch to end the quarter, taking a 46-35 edge into the fourth.
The Rams took their largest lead of the game with 7:13 left in the fourth after Day made a basket to stretch the advantage to 15 points, 52-37. Jefferson shot 42.4% from the floor (14-of-33) in the second half while also going 12-of-16 from the free-throw line after attempting just one in the first half.
Jefferson shot 43.5% (27-of-62) from the floor, 28.6% (4-of-14) from beyond the arc and 70.6% (12-of-17) from the charity strike in the win.
The Rams owned a +16-rebounding margin on the Lightning, 44-28.
Jefferson Women's Basketball will host Holy Family on Saturday, Feb. 24 for Senior Day in the regular-season finale from the Gallagher Center. The women play at 2 p.m. before the men at 4 p.m.