PHILADELPHIA – The No. 2/4 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (20-0, 11-0 CACC) coasted to a 77-56 triumph over visiting Wilmington (Del.) (3-15, 3-7 CACC) on Wednesday night.
The Rams are second in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll, their highest ranking in program history, and they are fourth in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
The teams were tied at six early in the opening quarter. Jefferson pulled out to a 15-6 advantage after a 9-0 run. The Wildcats stayed within striking distance until early in the second stanza. The Rams were ahead 19-12 then tallied nine straight points again to up the lead to 16 (28-12) at the 6:01 mark. Jefferson was up 38-26 at halftime. In the third, the Rams went on a 10-2 surge to make the score 51-30. Wilmington cut the deficit to less than 20 just once for the rest of the contest and Jefferson led by as much as 27.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Jessica Kaminski recorded a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added eight rebounds and three assists. It was her 13th straight game in double figures and she is now 12th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,301 points.
- Junior Alynna Williams notched 17 points while sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham totaled 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal.
- Senior Beverly Kum registered 12 points, eight boards and three steals and fellow senior Erin Maher chipped in with eight rebounds and three steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 45.6% (31-of-68) from the floor, 42.1% (8-of-19) from three-point range and 77.8% (7-of-9) at the foul line.
- Jefferson won the rebound battle by a 39-28 count.
- The Rams grabbed 17 offensive boards and turned them into 20 second chance points.
- The women scored 21 points off of 17 Wilmington turnovers.
- The Rams have reached 20 straight wins to start a season for the second time in program history, following the 1992-93 team that began 22-0.
- Jefferson now leads Wilmington, 26-6 in the all-time series, including a 15-2 record at home. It was the Rams' fifth straight win over the Wildcats and 11th in a row at home.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 768th of his career and the 619th at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson heads to No. 9 USciences for a top-10 showdown on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. The Rams will look to sweep the Devils after dealing them their only loss of the campaign, 67-61 back on January 3 at the Gallagher Center. USciences won its home meeting with Jefferson last year, 72-67 in overtime.