PHILADELPHIA – The No. 7/12 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (15-0, 6-0 CACC) wraps up a three-game road trip at CACC North Division opponent Nyack (3-10, 1-4 CACC) on Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The Rams are ranked seventh in this week's D2SIDA Media Poll, their highest ranking in program history, and they are 12th in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
This is the 17th meeting between Jefferson and Nyack. The Rams lead, 16-0 with seven victories on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
The women held on to defeat the Chestnut Hill Griffins (2-11, 0-5 CACC), 91-86 on the road in a tight conference affair on Tuesday night.
The Rams started out well, scoring six of the first eight points. Jefferson led by seven multiple times in the opening quarter and took a 21-16 advantage into the second. The Griffins began to heat up in the second, pouring in eight of the first 10 points in the period to take their first lead at 24-23. The Rams regained the upper hand until Chestnut Hill produced a three at 3:25 to go ahead 31-30. The score was level at 35 when sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham's jumper put Jefferson in front and the Rams were up 39-37 at halftime.
Jefferson opened the second half with six points in a row to make the score 45-37. The Rams were in control for the rest of the third, leading by as many as 11 (62-51). Jefferson entered the fourth ahead by 10 (64-54). The Griffins cut the deficit to four (66-62) with an early 11-4 rally. Chestnut Hill hit a three at the 5:42 mark to tie the score at 72 and another at 4:16 to go ahead 75-74. Cunningham's layup at 3:13 made it 78-77 and put the Rams in front for good. The Griffins trailed by two (84-82) with 1:24 to go but Jefferson converted seven free throws and allowed just two field goals by Chestnut Hill on seven attempts down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Senior Jessica Kaminski led Jefferson with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. She added two steals and one block. Senior Beverly Kum produced 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Cunningham finished with 14 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and one steal. She was 6-for-12 on field goals. Sophomore Sabria Lytes scored 11 points off the bench.
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 NYACK
The Warriors have gone 2-2 in their last four games after starting 1-8. They have struggled to take care of the basketball, committing a league-worst 23.0 turnovers per game. However, the defense is causing 18.7 turnovers, which ranks third in the CACC. Freshman Elle Nittinger has been a standout for the Warriors, averaging 13.8 ppg. She has hit 34 three-pointers, which is second-most in the conference. Junior Yamalis Villegas is also in double figures with 10.7 ppg. Junior Kyla Given is the top rebounder for Nyack with 7.2 per contest.
The Rams begin a four-game home stand at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, January 12 versus Post. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. Jefferson defeated the Eagles, 76-66 on the road last year.