PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham scored a career-high 32 points to lead the No. 2/3 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (21-1, 12-1 CACC) to a 69-47 victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) (10-12, 8-5 CACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams are second in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll, their highest ranking in program history, and they are third in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
The Chargers got the first bucket and were ahead 3-0 before the Rams went on a 23-5 run for the rest of the opening quarter. Jefferson did not trail again for the remainder of the contest. The two squads were closer in the second, with the Rams outscoring Dominican, 12-9 and taking a 35-17 lead into halftime. Jefferson continued to keep its distance from the Chargers in the third, winning the period by a 21-19 count. The highlight of the frame was Cunningham pouring in 12 consecutive points for the Rams, going 5-for-5 with two three-pointers in the span. Jefferson's largest lead was 30 (69-39) with 4:21 to go in the fourth before Dominican ended the game with eight points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cunningham finished 12-for-20 from the floor with three shots from beyond the arc. She added nine rebounds, five steals and two assists to her 32 points. It was Cunningham's 11th game in a row with double-digit points and she has gone over 20 in six of those contests.
- Kaminski posted 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. She reached double figures for the 15th straight contest.
- Kum contributed with 10 points and nine boards while Maher grabbed six rebounds and tallied three steals. Jackson chipped in with two points, three boards, three assists and one steal.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 24-for-65 (36.9%) on field goals, 5-for-16 (31.3%) from beyond the arc and 16-for-24 (66.7%) at the foul line.
- Jefferson held the Chargers to just 33.3% (19-of-57) shooting.
- The Rams controlled the glass, winning the rebound battle 46-37, including 19 offensive boards. They scored 24 second chance points.
- Cunningham is the first Ram to record 30 or more points in a game since Najah Jacobs had 31 at Concordia (N.Y.) on February 21, 2015.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 769th of his career and the 620th at the helm of the Rams.
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.