PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (4-7, 1-2 CACC) had the lead entering the fourth quarter but a 15-0 run by host Holy Family (6-4, 4-0 CACC) stunned the Rams in a 71-64 conference loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers opened the game with seven of the first nine points. It was the largest margin of the frame before Jefferson came back to even the score at 11. Holy Family was in front 22-20 going to the second. Trailing 24-22, the Rams hit back-to-back threes for a 28-24 advantage with 4:40 on the clock. The Tigers drilled a three with six seconds left to tie the score at 32 at the break.
Jefferson started the third with eight consecutive points for a 40-32 lead. After four points by Holy Family, the Rams poured in 10 more to up the margin to 14 (50-36), their largest lead of the day. The Tigers ended the period with a 9-3 run to close the gap to eight (53-45) heading into the fourth.
Holy Family stayed hot to start the final frame, rallying for 15 straight points to go ahead 60-53 with 3:03 to go. Freshman Emily Keehfuss made a three (1:23) and freshman Haley Meinel added a layup (1:19) to get Jefferson within two (64-62). However, the Tigers converted six free throws to make it 70-62 with 22 seconds to play. The Rams came within six (70-64) but missed their last three shots in the final moments.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Alynna Williams and junior Allie Warren each tallied 16 points. Williams added six steals and four rebounds while Warren grabbed seven boards.
- Meinel totaled 12 points and five rebounds.
- Keehfuss finished with eight points and junior Sabria Lytes recorded six.
- Freshman Morgan Robinson contributed with eight rebounds and four assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 36.0% (27-for-75) from the field, 28.6% (6-for-21) from three-point range and 80.0% (4-for-5) at the line.
- Jefferson edged out Holy Family, 41-40 in rebounds.
- The Rams turned the ball over just seven times.
- Williams moved into the program's all-time top 10 for scoring. She is 10th with 1,374 career points.
- Jefferson's seven turnovers were its lowest total of the season.
The Rams return to action versus Felician on Saturday, January 4 at 1 p.m.