PHILADELPHIA - The No. 14 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (25-2, 16-2 CACC) outscored Chestnut Hill (9-17, 7-11 CACC), 24-11 in the second quarter en route to a 79-65 victory over the visiting Griffins on Wednesday evening.
The Rams are ranked 14th in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll.
There were six lead changes in the opening quarter as the two squads matched each other up and down the floor. Jefferson was ahead 18-16 going to the second. The Rams were in front 22-18 before increasing their lead with a 9-0 run that ended with 6:20 on the clock. Jefferson maintained the lead for the rest of the period and had a 42-27 advantage at halftime.
Early in the third, the Griffins trailed 46-30 before cutting the deficit to seven with a 9-0 rally. However, the Rams countered with nine straight points of their own to restore a 16-point cushion. Jefferson ended the period with a 10-3 run and had a 67-48 lead heading into the final quarter. Chestnut Hill was able to get within 13 (71-58) in the fourth but the Rams held the Griffins in check for the remainder of the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Beverly Kum led Jefferson with a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists and one block.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski notched a double-double, her sixth of the season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She was 7-for-12 from the field and added five assists and two steals.
- Junior Alynna Williams contributed with 13 points and five assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams made 48.5% (32-for-66) of their field goal attempts, 27.8% (5-for-18) of their three-point tries and 100.0% (10-for-10) of their free throw attempts.
- Jefferson controlled the glass by a 40-35 margin.
- The Rams forced 16 Chestnut Hill turnovers and turned them into 22 points.
- It was the first time this season that Jefferson was perfect at the foul line and the Rams have not achieved the feat since December 8, 2007 versus Nyack (10-for-10).
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 773rd of his career and the 624th at the helm of the Rams.
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.