PHILADELPHIA – The No. 14 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (24-2, 15-2 CACC) plays its final home game of the regular season when the Rams play Chestnut Hill (9-16, 7-10 CACC) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The Rams are ranked 14th in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll.
This is the 29th meeting between Jefferson and Chestnut Hill. The Rams lead the series, 24-4 and they are 11-2 at home. Jefferson topped the Griffins, 91-86 on January 8. The Rams had an 81-71 overtime victory at the Gallagher Center last season.
LAST TIME OUT
The women earned an emphatic 97-52 victory at Bloomfield (5-21, 4-13 CACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams dominated the contest, shooting 53.6% (37-of-69) while holding the Bears to just 30.3% (20-of-66). Jefferson scored the first seven points of the game and 12 of the first 14. With the score 16-7, the Rams increased their lead to 21 with a 12-0 run. The women were up 28-13 entering the second quarter. Jefferson posted the initial seven points of the frame to make it a 22-point game. The margin did not dip below 20 for the rest of the game. The Rams led 49-26 at halftime and their largest lead was 49 late in the fourth.
Six Rams scored in double figures led by sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham's 19. She added seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block. Junior Alynna Williams shot 7-for-11 and finished with 18 points. Seniors Beverly Kum and Jessica Kaminski each posted a double-double. Kum tallied 14 points, 12 boards, four assists and four steals while Kaminski recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Kaminski was 6-of-8 from the field. Senior Erin Maher contributed with 13 points and freshman Maddie Haney chipped in with 11 off the bench.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Cunningham was chosen the CACC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She tallied 15 steals, seven defensive rebounds (11 total) and one block to go along with 16.5 points per game and 11 assists over two games. She recorded a program-record 12 steals, 14 points, six rebounds and four assists at Georgian Court. The 12 steals are the highest in Division II this season and tied for the most across all divisions. Cunningham followed with a game-high 19 points, seven assists, five boards, three steals and one block at Bloomfield. In addition, senior Beverly Kum was chosen to the weekly honor roll.
LOOKING AT CHESTNUT HILL
The Griffins are coming off a 71-59 win at Nyack on Monday and they have won three of their last four contests. CHC is the top three-point shooting team in the CACC with a percentage of 35.8. The Griffins are also first with 43.1 rebounds per game. Senior Jaeda Wildgoose is the leading scorer with 12.9 ppg followed by sophomore Cassie Sebold (11.3) and freshman Lauren Crim (11.1). Wildgoose also grabs a team-high 8.0 rebounds per contest and rookie Leah Miller has a 7.1 average. Crim has made 56 three-pointers.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Rams are locked into the second seed in the South Division for the CACC Tournament. USciences will be the top seed with Georgian Court coming in third. The fourth and final spot is still up for grabs between Goldey-Beacom, Chestnut Hill, Wilmington (Del.) and Holy Family. However, the Lightning can clinch the spot with a win and losses by Chestnut Hill and Wilmington on Wednesday. In the North, Dominican (N.Y.) and Caldwell continue to battle for the top spot while Post and Felician can finish anywhere from second to fourth.
Jefferson finishes the regular season at Holy Family on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. The Rams were victorious over the Tigers, 74-59 at home on December 8. Jefferson won 73-67 at Holy Family last season.