PHILADELPHIA - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (6-0) outscored the East Stroudsburg University Warriors (2-3), 20-8 in the final quarter for a 70-56 victory at the Gallagher Center on Sunday.
The Rams are ranked 23rd in this week's D2SIDA Media Poll and they are receiving votes in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
Both squads struggled to make shots in the early going, combining to go 10-for-32 in the opening frame, including 3-of-11 from beyond the arc. After trailing 4-0, Jefferson came alive with an 18-1 run to take an 18-5 lead with 12 seconds to go in the quarter. Senior Jessica Kaminski led the way with eight points.
The Rams continued to tack on points in the second, as senior Beverly Kum converted a three-point play at the 9:02 mark for a 23-8 advantage. Jefferson maintained control for the rest of the half with the Warriors never getting closer than seven points.
East Stroudsburg battled back in the third, winning the period by a 24-13 margin. Trailing 50-39 with 2:44 to go, the Warriors embarked on a 9-0 run to close the quarter, as they went 3-of-5 from downtown in that span.
The Rams persevered in the fourth, never relinquishing the lead. Junior Alynna Williams nailed a big three-pointer with 6:01 left to put Jefferson ahead by eight (59-51). ESU came no closer than five points the rest of the way as the Rams ended the contest with 11 of the last 13 points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Kaminski posted her second double-double of the campaign and 19th of her career with 27 points and 15 boards. She shot 11-of-14 from the field and also dished five assists.
- Kum finished with 18 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, and eight rebounds.
- Senior Erin Maher totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 40.7% (24-of-59) from the floor, 23.1% (3-of-13) from long range and 73.1% (19-of-26) from the free throw line.
-Jefferson won the battle on the glass, 44-30 and turned 19 offensive rebounds into 18 second chance points.
-The Rams forced 18 turnovers, producing 20 points off the miscues.
Jefferson Women's Basketball remains at the Gallagher Center for a non-conference matchup with West Chester University on Wednesday, November 28 at 6 p.m.