PHILADELPHIA – The No. 5/10 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (19-0, 10-0 CACC) cruised past Caldwell (4-12, 4-5 CACC), 86-61 on Monday afternoon.
The Rams are tied for fifth in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll, their highest ranking in program history, and they are 10th in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
Caldwell was able to play Jefferson tough in the opening quarter, shooting 60.0% (6-of-10) from the floor while holding the Rams to just 27.8% (5-of-18). The teams were tied at 13 after 10 minutes of play. The squads continued to battle back-and-forth through the early part of the second. The Cougars took a 27-26 lead at the 4:06 mark. That was when Jefferson took over, finishing the period with a 12-3 run and taking a 38-30 lead into the intermission. Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham scored eight points in the rally.
In the third, Caldwell trailed by 10 (44-34) with 6:33 to go. The Rams broke open the game with 11 straight points and were ahead 55-34 (4:30). Junior Alynna Williams hit three shots in a row from downtown to lead the charge. Jefferson limited the Cougars to just 28.6% (4-of-14) shooting in the third quarter and were up 60-43 entering the final frame. Caldwell could not make a significant dent in the advantage during the fourth and the Rams led by as many as 30 in the closing minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams and senior Jessica Kaminski each finished with a game-high 21 points. Williams was 7-of-14 from the field, including 6-for-12 from three-point range, and Kaminski shot 5-of-8. Kaminski also grabbed nine rebounds and dished six assists.
- Cunningham posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. It was her second double-double of the year.
- Senior Beverly Kum notched eight points while fellow senior Erin Maher returned from injury and corralled seven boards.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 30-of-68 (44.1%) on field goals, 9-of-25 (36.0%) on three-pointers and 17-of-24 (70.8%) at the line.
- Jefferson controlled the glass by a 44-33 count, including 16 offensive rebounds, scoring 22 second chance points.
- The Rams committed just three turnovers which is a season-low.
- The Rams took a 12-11 lead in the all-time series against Caldwell and they are now 6-4 at home.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 767th of his career and the 618th at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson finishes its four-game home stand on Wednesday, January 30 when the Rams take on Wilmington (Del.) at 6 p.m. Jefferson defeated the Wildcats, 83-58 on the road on December 4. The Rams took last year's home matchup with Wilmington, 84-75.