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