PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham shot a perfect 13-for-13 from the floor and went over 30 points for the second straight game as the No. 9 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (22-1, 13-1 CACC) cruised to a 94-52 victory over visiting Goldey-Beacom (12-12, 8-7 CACC) on Wednesday night.
The Rams are ninth in both the D2SIDA Media and WBCA Coaches Polls this week.
The Lightning recorded the first basket and that was their only lead of the contest. Jefferson followed with a 23-3 run to go ahead 23-5 with 1:48 left in the first quarter. GBC was able to gain some ground in the second but the Rams had a comfortable 42-26 lead at halftime. The Rams shot 54.8% (17-of-31) in the first two periods while holding the Lightning to just 28.1% (9-of-32). Cunningham had 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting at the break. Jefferson continued to pull away in the third, outscoring Goldey-Beacom, 27-19 and leading 69-45 going into the final stanza. With the score 73-50, the Rams went on their last large run, going on a 19-0 surge to make it 92-50 with 52 seconds to go.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cunningham tallied 31 points, five assists and four rebounds. She fell just two shots short of tying the best shooting performance in NCAA Division II history (15-for-15). Cunningham was 13-for-13, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 3-for-3 from the foul line.
- Senior Beverly Kum had an outstanding night as well, posting 23 points and 13 boards. She was 10-for-14 from the floor.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 65.0% (39-of-60) from the field, 27.3% (3-of-11) from three, and 86.7% (13-of-15) from the free throw line.
- Jefferson dominated the rebound count by a 40-24 margin.
- The Rams' 65.0% field goal percentage is the best this year and the highest since at least 2007.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 770th of his career and the 621st at the helm of the Rams.
Jefferson hits the road for three games, starting with a date at Concordia (N.Y.) on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. The Rams topped the Clippers at home, 85-42 last season.