PHILADELPHIA - The No. 13/23 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (27-2) tied the program's single-season record for victories with a 74-50 triumph over visiting Post (14-14) in the CACC quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
The Rams are ranked 13th in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll and they are 23rd in the D2SIDA Media Poll. Jefferson, the second seed in the South Division, will battle fourth-seeded Goldey-Beacom in the semifinals on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The semifinals and final will be held at Caldwell University.
The Rams got off to a slow start, finding themselves down 5-0. Jefferson then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. The Eagles cut the deficit to one (12-11) by the end of the first. A Post three-pointer tied the game at 16 at the 6:33 mark in the second. The Rams tallied six consecutive points to go back in front and would take a 31-24 advantage into halftime.
The Eagles started the third quarter with a 6-0 rally to close the gap to one. Jefferson then took control, scoring 20 of the next 24 points to increase the cushion to 17 (51-34) late in the period. Post came no closer than 15 for the rest of the game and the Rams outscored the Eagles, 23-14 in the fourth. Jefferson's largest lead was 27 (72-45) with 1:38 remaining.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Junior Alynna Williams finished with a team-high 14 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals.
- Senior Beverly Kum tallied 12 points while sophomores Caitlyn Cunningham and Sabria Lytes totaled 10 apiece.
- Senior Jessica Kaminski produced nine points, eight rebounds and five assists with senior Erin Maher adding nine points, seven boards, two blocks and one steal.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 29-for-56 (51.8%) from the field, 5-for-15 (33.3%) from beyond the arc and 11-for-15 (73.3%) at the foul line.
- Jefferson forced 16 turnovers and converted them into 26 points.
- The Rams limited Post to just 32.2% (19-for-59) shooting.
- The squad's 27 victories are tied with the 1992-93 team that finished 27-2, won the NYCAC title and reached the NCAA Tournament.
- It is the seventh time this season that Jefferson shot over 50% from the field.
- The victory was head coach Tom Shirley's 775th of his career and the 626th at the helm of the Rams.