WILMINGTON, Del. - The No. 13/19 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (11-0, 3-0 CACC) pulled away late to defeat the Goldey-Beacom Lightning (5-6, 1-2 CACC), 68-58 in CACC action on Wednesday night.
The Rams are ranked 13th in this week's D2SIDA Media Poll and they are 19th in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
The Lightning used the long ball to maintain control for the majority of the first half, as they were 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. On the other side, the Rams struggled to get going, shooting just 23.1% (3-for-13) in the opening quarter. Goldey-Beacom took a 19-11 lead into the second. That's when Jefferson started to heat up, as the Rams were 11-of-18 from the floor in the period. Down 31-23 with 3:42 to go, Jefferson made it a two-point game with six straight points. The Rams trailed 35-34 at halftime after junior Alynna Williams' three-pointer (0:14) got Jefferson within one.
The Jefferson defense shut down the Lightning's offensive attack in the second half, limiting them to just seven field goals. However, five of those were from three-point range which allowed GBC to stay close late into the fourth quarter. The teams were tied at 54 with 6:55 on the clock. The Rams created some separation with five straight points before the Lightning cut it back to a three-point deficit (59-56). Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham made a big jumper (1:51) to make the score 62-56 then grabbed a defensive rebound, forcing Goldey-Beacom to foul. Jefferson made six free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams finished with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists. It was her second 20-point output of the year.
- Senior Beverly Kum produced 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. She was 6-of-8 on field goals. It was her 10th straight game in double figures.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski contributed with 15 points, four rebounds and one steal. She shot 4-for-7 for her ninth double-digit effort and fourth consecutive.
- Senior Erin Maher was a factor defensively, pulling down seven rebounds and blocking two shots.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 24-of-52 (46.2%) from the floor, 3-for-13 (23.1%) on three-pointers and 17-for-23 (73.9%) from the charity stripe.
- Jefferson forced 22 turnovers with 12 steals. The Rams scored 17 points off the miscues.
- Jefferson trailed at halftime for the third straight game but came back to win all three contests.
- The Rams won their fourth consecutive game against Goldey-Beacom and are now 10-4 at the Jones College Center.
- Jefferson's three makes from beyond the arc tied for its lowest of the season.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 759th of his career and the 610th at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson Women's Basketball has off for the holiday before travelling to Bridgeport on Sunday, December 30 at 1 p.m. The Rams had a 64-53 win over the Purple Knights last season at home.