PHILADELPHIA – The No. 7/12 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (14-0, 5-0 CACC) heads to Chestnut Hill on Tuesday evening to take on the Griffins (2-10, 0-4 CACC) in conference action.
The Rams are ranked seventh in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll and they are 12th in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
This is the 28th meeting between Jefferson and Chestnut Hill. The Rams lead the series, 23-4 and they are 12-2 on the road. Jefferson swept both matchups last year, including a 74-71 triumph at the Griffins. The Rams have won three in a row at Chestnut Hill.
LAST TIME OUT
The women erased a halftime deficit and began a three-game road swing with an 84-75 victory at Felician (2-9, 2-2 CACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Falcons got off to a hot start, building an early 10-2 lead in the first quarter. Trailing 13-5, the Rams went on a 9-0 run to take a 14-13 advantage. Felician scored nine of the final 11 points and led 22-16 after one. The teams continued to trade baskets in the second and the Golden Falcons led by as many as eight (33-25). Jefferson had the last four points of the period and trailed 33-29 at the half.
Felician continued to hold the upper hand for the first part of the third quarter. The Rams rallied to tie the score at 48 with 2:22 to go. After the Golden Falcons took the lead, Jefferson surged for eight of the last 10 points to take a 56-52 advantage into the fourth. The Rams led by as much as nine in the period before Felician was able to get within three (77-74) with 3:00 to play. Jefferson pulled away with a 7-1 run as the Rams did not allow a field goal the rest of the way.
Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham posted a season-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting with a trio of three-pointers. She added six rebounds, four steals, two assists and one block. Senior Beverly Kum notched her second double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 boards. Senior Jessica Kaminski and junior Alynna Williams tallied 19 and 18 points respectively. Senior Erin Maher contributed with eight points and eight boards.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Kaminski was chosen the CACC Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. She produced her second straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over previously undefeated USciences (Jan. 3). She added four assists and one steal. The senior followed with a 19-point performance at Felician (Jan. 5) on 5-of-10 shooting. Kaminski's line also included six boards, three assists and one steal. In addition, senior Beverly Kum was named to the conference's weekly honor roll.
LOOKING AT CHESTNUT HILL
The Griffins are looking to put an end to a three-game slide and pick up their first CACC victory. Chestnut Hill has struggled to pressure opposing offenses, having forced just 13.9 turnovers per game. The Griffins are also 11th in the conference in scoring defense (75.0 ppg). Senior Jaeda Wildgoose leads the squad with 12.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Freshman Lauren Crim and sophomore Cassie Sebold are chipping in with 11.4 and 11.1 ppg respectively. Crim is the top three-point shooter with 27 and her 43.5% shooting percentage on treys ranks amongst the leaders in Division II.
The Rams wrap up a three-game road trip at Nyack on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. Jefferson took last year's meeting at home, 84-70.