PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (4-4, 1-0 CACC) outscored visiting Wilmington (Del.) (0-7, 0-1 CACC) 24-11 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 85-76 victory in the conference opener on Tuesday night.
The Rams opened the game with a 7-2 run before the Wildcats scored seven straight to take a 9-7 lead. After Jefferson evened the score, Wilmington went ahead 14-9. Trailing 21-15, the Rams rallied for seven consecutive points to go in front before the Wildcats hit a three to lead 24-22 after one.
Wilmington had the advantage for the entire second frame, leading by as much as six. The Wildcats had a four-point cushion (44-40) at the break. They came out hot to start the third, beginning with a 7-2 run to increase the margin to nine (51-42) with 8:40 on the clock, their largest of the contest. With the score 53-44, Jefferson scored five straight points to cut it to four. The teams went back-and-forth for the rest of the stanza and Wilmington held a 65-61 lead going to the final period.
The Rams caught fire to start the fourth, tallying 12 of the first 13 points in the quarter to take a 73-66 lead. Five players scored in the rally. The Wildcats could not get any closer than six points down the stretch as Jefferson went 9-for-14 at the line in the last two minutes to ice the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Freshman Haley Meinel and junior Sabria Lytes each had a double-double. Meinel totaled 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and one steal. Lytes produced 16 points and 13 boards.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney netted a career-high 19 points. She also grabbed six rebounds and made three shots from beyond the arc.
- Senior Alynna Williams scored 17 points and added four rebounds and three assists.
- Freshman Morgan Robinson poured in 13 points with six boards and four assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 43.7% (31-for-71) on the night, 22.7% (5-for-22) from downtown. They were 18-for-28 (64.3%) at the line.
- Jefferson had a 47-38 advantage in rebounds.
- After allowing the Wildcats to shoot 51.9% (27-for-52) through the first three quarters, the Rams held Wilmington to just 20.0% (3-for-15) in the fourth.
- It was the first time since February 23, 2019 that all five starters scored in double figures.
- It was the 781st win of Tom Shirley's career and his 632nd with the Rams.
The Rams have a week-plus layoff before heading to Bloomsburg on Saturday, December 14. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.