Women's Basketball Falls To Queens (N.Y.) in Season Opener

Women's Basketball Falls To Queens (N.Y.) in Season Opener

PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (0-1) dropped its season opener to Queens (N.Y.) (1-0), 63-58 at Chestnut Hill College on Saturday night.

GAMEPLAY
The Rams took an early 4-0 lead but the Knights followed with a 26-6 run through the end of the first quarter. Queens shot 11-for-13 during the period, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Knights continued to stay hot to begin the second, scoring the first eight points to increase their advantage to 24 (34-10). A layup at the 2:48 mark gave Queens its largest lead of the contest at 27 (38-11). Jefferson ended the half with an 8-2 stretch to make the score 40-19 at intermission.

The third quarter went back-and-forth with neither team having a significant run. The Rams made up three points in the frame, outscoring the Knights 18-15 to go into the fourth trailing by 18 (55-37).

Jefferson started to rally in the final quarter, beginning the stanza with 11 consecutive points to close the gap to seven (55-48). With 49 seconds to play, the Rams cut it to five (61-56). Queens drilled a pair of free throws (0:38) before senior Alynna Williams made a jumper for Jefferson (0:32). Jefferson had an opportunity to catch up further but missed a pair of layups in the final seconds.

BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams finished with a game-high 25 points. She shot 8-of-19 from the floor and 9-of-15 at the foul line.
- Freshman Haley Meinel scored eight points and added five steals.
- Freshman Maeve McCann contributed with seven points off the bench.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney grabbed five rebounds.

AS A TEAM
- The Rams had a rough shooting night in the opener, going 20-for-59 (33.9%) from the field, including 0-for-11 from three-point range, and 18-for-31 (58.1%) from the free throw line.
- Jefferson recorded 19 steals which was the Rams' season high a year ago.
- The Rams forced 31 Queens turnovers.

NOTES
- Ironically, the last time Jefferson dropped its season opener was also to Queens (65-58) to start the 2015-16 campaign.
- Williams eclipsed the 1,200-point mark. She is the 22nd Rams' player to reach the figure.

NEXT UP
Jefferson finishes its weekend at Chestnut Hill when the Rams face Molloy on Sunday, November 10 at 4 p.m.