PHILADELPHIA – The No. 13/23 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (27-2) squares off with Goldey-Beacom (14-15) in the semifinals of the CACC Tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Caldwell University.
The Rams are the second seed in the South Division and they are ranked 13th in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll and 23rd in the D2SIDA Media Poll. The Lightning are the South's fourth seed.
HOW TO WATCH
For those making the trip to Caldwell, tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors/children/students with ID. Children under the age of three are free.
A live video stream will be available for the contest with play-by-play and color analysis. The web stream will come with a $5 charge per game as mandated by the conference.
This is the 29th meeting between Jefferson and Goldey-Beacom. The Rams lead the series, 18-10 and have won the last five matchups. The Lightning won the only prior meeting between the squads in the CACC Tournament, 72-64 in 2010.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Jefferson downed Post, 74-50 in the quarterfinals to tie the program's single-season wins record. 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.
GBC upset the North's top seed, Dominican (N.Y.), 75-60 in the quarterfinal round. Amanda McGrogan recorded a career-high 30 points. Alanna Speaks had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Tanner Turner-Rush added another 13 points for the Lightning.
JEFFERSON IN THE CACC TOURNAMENT
This is the Rams' 13th appearance in the CACC Tournament since joining the conference in 2005. They are 14-10 in tourney play. Jefferson is 5-1 in the semifinals. The Rams won the conference in 2008-09 and 2015-16.
LOOKING AT GOLDEY-BEACOM
The Lightning have won two in a row. They rank 30th in Division II with 704 three-point attempts, with freshman Sarah Round having a team-high 72 makes. Junior Amanda McGrogan leads the squad with 17.8 points per game. Round is averaging 12.4 ppg followed by sophomore Alanna Speaks (10.6) and senior Tanner Turner-Rush (10.2). Speaks is the top rebounder, corralling 8.0 per contest.
Saturday's victor will fight either USciences or Georgian Court for the CACC Championship on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.