PHILADELPHIA – The No. 2/3 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (20-1, 11-1 CACC) looks to get back in the win column when the Rams host Dominican (N.Y.) (10-11, 8-4 CACC) in CACC action on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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.
Jefferson will be celebrating Alumni Day and Senior Day and the contest is also a CACC Mental Health Awareness Week game. The Rams' alumni game will be at 11 a.m. in the Gallagher Center and brunch will follow. Prior to the contest, the women will honor seniors Jessica Kaminski, Valez Jackson, Erin Maher and Beverly Kum and team manager Kate Collins. After the game, there will be a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at JD McGillicuddy's on Leverington Ave. to benefit the Thomas R. Shirley Sr. Scholarship.
HOW TO WATCH
Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children/outside students with ID. Children under the age of six are free. Jefferson students, staff and faculty with school ID are also free.
A free, live video stream will be available for the contest with play-by-play and color analysis.
This is the 20th meeting between Jefferson and Dominican (N.Y.). The Rams lead the series, 13-6 and they are 8-3 at home. Jefferson has won the last two matchups. Last year, the Rams defeated the Chargers, 63-62 in the regular season and 74-55 in the CACC quarterfinals.
LAST TIME OUT
The undefeated run came to an end for the women 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.
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.
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.
LOOKING AT DOMINICAN (N.Y.)
The Chargers got back on the winning side after two straight losses with a 74-68 victory at Wilmington (Del.) on Thursday. Junior Jasmine Gee and sophomore Korina Guerra are leading Dominican, averaging 13.7 and 13.1 ppg respectively. Sophomore Samantha McClutchy is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.2 per contest followed by Gee with a 5.1 average. Guerra has hit 29 three-pointers followed by junior Ashley Merritt (25) and senior Alpreshia Parker (21).
Jefferson stays at the Gallagher Center and welcomes Goldey-Beacom for a conference game on Wednesday, February 13 at 6 p.m. The Rams topped the Lightning, 68-58 on the road on December 19. Jefferson had a 94-55 victory over Goldey-Beacom at home in 2017-18.