PHILADELPHIA – Junior Alynna Williams became the 34th player in Rams history to reach the 1,000-point plateau as the No. 7/12 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (17-0, 8-0 CACC) topped the Post Eagles (6-8, 3-4 CACC), 77-54 in conference action on Saturday night at the Gallagher Center.
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.
Jefferson dominated the opening quarter, outscoring the Eagles by a 29-9 margin. The score was 10-6 before the Rams broke open the lead, pouring in 19 of the last 22 points in the period. The run included Williams' milestone, as she hit the mark with a three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining. Jefferson continued to frustrate Post in the second, never letting the Eagles get closer than 18. The Rams shot an impressive 53.6% (15-of-28) in the first half and took a 45-26 lead into the intermission. Jefferson did not allow the Eagles back into the game in the second half and led by as many as 25 en route to the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham shot 9-of-16 and finished with a game-high 24 points, which tied her career mark.
- Williams closed the night with 11 points, four assists, one rebound and one steal.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski produced 17 points, nine boards, three assists and one steal. She was 5-for-7 from the floor.
- Senior Beverly Kum contributed with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 26-for-56 (46.4%) on field goals, 6-for-11 (54.5%) from beyond the arc and 19-for-23 (82.6%) at the foul line.
- Jefferson forced 19 Post turnovers.
- The Rams now lead the series versus Post, 16-0 with eight victories at home.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 765th of his career and the 616th at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson Women's Basketball hosts division foe Georgian Court on Wednesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. The Rams won both meetings last season, including an 86-55 victory at home.