PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (7-8, 4-3 CACC) came from behind in the third quarter and defeated visiting Goldey-Beacom (1-14, 1-6 CACC), 63-55 on Wednesday.
The Rams scored the first four points of the contest but the Lightning followed with 12 of the next 14 to take a 12-6 lead. GBC held on to the advantage for the rest of the period and the score was 19-15 after one. In the second, Jefferson closed the gap to two (21-19) but the Lightning used an 8-0 run to increase the margin to 10 (29-19) with 4:16 on the clock. The Rams followed with seven consecutive points to trail by three (29-26) and they were behind 32-28 at the break.
Goldey-Beacom had a 37-32 lead with 7:33 to go in the third quarter. Jefferson took over with a 12-0 rally that ended with 44 seconds to play. Juniors Sabria Lytes and Allie Warren each had six points in the stretch with Warren sinking a pair of threes. The Rams were in front 44-39 entering the fourth.
Senior Alynna Williams' jumper with 4:40 remaining gave Jefferson an eight-point lead (52-44). The Lightning netted seven of the next nine to cut the deficit to three (54-51) with 1:39 left. Warren made a layup (0:57) and Lytes registered a steal and drew a foul on the next GBC possession. Lytes made two foul shots then freshman Haley Meinel had a steal of her own to get Jefferson the ball back. The Rams converted five more free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams posted a game-high 20 points, five assists and three steals.
- Warren registered 18 points and eight boards.
- Lytes finished with 13 points and five rebounds off of the bench.
- Meinel tallied six points and four steals.
- Freshman Morgan Robinson and sophomore Maddie Haney each grabbed four rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 22-for-57 (38.6%) on field goals, 3-for-13 (23.1%) on three-pointers and 16-for-20 (80.0%) on foul shots.
- Jefferson had a slim 35-34 edge in rebounds.
- The Rams committed just nine turnovers while forcing 18. They scored 22 points off of the GBC miscues.
- It was the second time this season that Jefferson committed less than 10 turnovers.
- The Rams' shooting percentage was their lowest in a victory this season.
- Head coach Tom Shirley earned his 784th career win (635 at Jefferson).
Jefferson visits Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, January 18 for a 2:05 p.m. tip-off. The game will be shown on the NCAA Division II Facebook and Twitter pages as part of the Division II Showcase.