ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (7-9, 4-4 CACC) was edged out by host Dominican (N.Y.) (8-9, 6-2 CACC), 70-68 on Saturday afternoon. The contest was featured as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase.
The Chargers scored the first five points of the contest. Down 7-2, the Rams rallied for 10 of the next 13 points for their first lead of the game (12-10). There were two ties and two lead changes as the teams went back-and-forth for the rest of the quarter. Senior Alynna Williams drilled a three before the buzzer to give Jefferson a 19-18 advantage after one.
In the second, the Rams built their margin to five (23-18) with 7:54 on the clock. Dominican responded with a 12-2 run to go ahead 30-25. Jefferson cut the deficit to one on three different occasions but the Chargers made a free throw and a layup to end the half with a four-point lead (37-33).
Dominican started the third quarter strong, increasing the margin to nine (44-35) with 7:12 to go. Trailing 48-41 with 4:58 remaining, the Rams tallied eight straight points to go ahead 49-48. With the score 53-52, freshman Haley Meinel drilled a three at the buzzer to make it 56-52 heading into the fourth.
Jefferson led 60-54 with 7:39 left. The Chargers posted nine points in a row to take a 63-60 advantage. Junior Allie Warren tied the score with a triple at the 2:47 mark. Dominican scored a layup but Williams countered with a three for a 66-65 Rams' lead. Each team made a layup and Jefferson was in front 68-67 (1:36). The Chargers sank a three-pointer with 1:15 to play to take the lead. The Rams had five chances to even the score or go ahead but could not convert. Dominican recorded two blocks in the stretch, including on Jefferson's last opportunity with four seconds left.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Meinel finished with a season-high 20 points, four rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist.
- Williams totaled 12 points, four assists, three boards and two steals.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney and junior Sabria Lytes recorded 11 and 10 points respectively.
- Warren chipped in with five points and nine rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 39.7% (29-for-73) from the floor, 27.8% (5-for-18) from three and 83.3% (5-for-6) from the foul line.
- Jefferson forced 17 turnovers while committing only 10.
Jefferson hosts Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m.