PHILADELPHIA - The No. 19/25 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (9-0, 2-0 CACC) rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Holy Family Tigers (2-6, 0-2 CACC), 74-59 on Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center.
The Rams are ranked 19th in this week's D2SIDA Media Poll and they are 25th in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
Holy Family took the first lead of the contest and maintained it for the majority of the first half, thanks to their hot shooting. The Tigers shot 61.5% (16-of-26) over two quarters, including a blistering 72.7% (8-of-11) from three-point range. Jefferson found its first lead early in the second period, after a trey by freshman Maddie Haney made the score 22-21. The Rams led by as much as four in the stanza before Holy Family took control late and went ahead 40-37 at the intermission.
The game continued to go back-and-forth in the third quarter. There were three lead changes and neither team led by more than five. With the Tigers in front, 51-50, Jefferson seized the upper hand for good with an 18-2 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. Senior Beverly Kum and junior Alynna Williams each had six points in the rally. At the end of the surge, the Rams held a 68-53 advantage with 5:47 left. Holy Family could not get closer than 13 down the stretch.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Kum caught fire in the second half, tallying 14 of her 19 points over the last two periods. She was 8-for-15 from the field and added six rebounds and one steal.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski also poured in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. She grabbed eight rebounds and dished three assists.
- Williams and sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham produced 13 and 11 points respectively.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 31-for-58 (53.4%) from the floor, including 6-of-11 (54.5%) on threes. Jefferson shot 66.7% (6-of-9) on free throws.
- The women won the battle on the glass by a 31-21 margin. The Rams corralled 13 offensive boards and converted them into 14 second chance points.
- Jefferson forced 18 turnovers and scored 20 points off the miscues.
- After Holy Family's hot start, the Rams' defense held the Tigers to just 38.1% (8-for-21) in the second half, including 1-of-6 (16.7%) on three-point attempts.
- Jefferson has won their last seven games at the Gallagher Center dating back to last season.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 757th of his career and the 608th at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson Women's Basketball takes a break from its conference schedule to take on Bloomsburg next Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. The Rams won at the Huskies, 71-58 in 2017-18.