PHILADELPHIA – The undefeated run came to an end for the No. 2/3 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (20-1, 11-1 CACC) on Tuesday night as the Rams stumbled at No. 8 USciences (21-1, 12-1 CACC), 70-59 in the latest chapter of the crosstown rivalry.
Jefferson's 20 victories to begin the campaign goes down as the second-best start in program history, following the 1992-93 squad's 22-0 run.
The Rams are second in this week's D2SIDA Media Poll, their highest ranking in program history, and they are third in the WBCA Coaches Poll. The Devils sit in the eighth position in both national rankings. The teams' only setbacks of the year are to each other, as Jefferson defeated USciences, 67-61 at home on January 3.
The Rams struggled in the opening quarter, shooting just 2-of-11 from the floor and committing an uncustomary seven turnovers. The Devils took advantage, jumping out to a 12-7 lead after the first 10 minutes. Jefferson started to get its shooting touch in the second stanza, but could not run down USciences, as the Devils drilled five three-pointers in the frame. USciences led by as much as 12 in the period and had a 31-20 lead at halftime.
The Devils opened the third with seven straight points for their largest margin of the contest (38-20) with 7:36 on the clock. The Rams cut the deficit back to 11 with a 7-0 run of their own. However, that was the closest Jefferson would get for the rest of the quarter as USciences shot 7-of-13 in the stanza and took a 50-38 advantage into the fourth. With the Devils ahead 53-38, the Rams got back into the game with a 9-0 surge to trail by six (53-47) at the 6:30 mark. Jefferson could not get any closer, however, as USciences followed with a 9-3 run. The Rams were behind 64-57 with 1:16 to go and the Devils made six foul shots down the stretch to ice the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham tallied a team-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. She recorded two three-pointers.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski posted 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. She was 7-for-15 from the floor.
- Junior Alynna Williams contributed with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 33.3% (20-of-60) from the floor, 31.3% (5-of-16) from beyond the arc and 73.7% (14-of-19) at the foul line.
- Jefferson forced 14 USciences turnovers and converted them into 14 points.
- Kaminski moved into 11th place on the Rams' all-time scoring list with 1,320 points, passing Christine Wooding (1,304 – 2008-12).
- Jefferson still leads USciences, 19-15 in the all-time series but it was the Devils' third consecutive win on their home floor.
Jefferson hosts Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. The Rams will celebrate Senior Day and Alumni Day and it is also the Mental Health Awareness Game. Jefferson topped the Chargers, 63-62 during the regular season and 74-55 in the CACC quarterfinals last season.