CALDWELL, N.J. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (9-11, 6-6 CACC) took its first lead just prior to the end of the first quarter and did not trail the rest of the way in a 67-59 victory at Caldwell (5-16, 5-7 CACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars started strong, scoring the opening four points and eight of the first 10. A three-pointer at the 3:45 mark increased the Caldwell advantage to seven (13-6). The Rams then ended the frame with a 10-2 rally, including a pair of free throws by senior Alynna Williams with two seconds to go, to take the upper hand for the first time, 16-15.
Jefferson tallied six of the first eight points in the second to go up by five (22-17). The Cougars came back to even the score at 27 with 2:40 remaining. The Rams followed with nine consecutive points to go back in front. A Caldwell three made the score 36-30 at the break.
In the third, the Cougars posted six points in a row to tie it at 36. The teams went back-and-forth for several minutes but Caldwell was not able to pull ahead. With the squads even again at 48 (3:56), Jefferson finished the period with eight straight points to lead 56-48 going into the fourth.
Consecutive three-point plays by the Cougars got them within four (58-54) with 7:46 left in the final quarter. However, it was the closest that Caldwell would get for the rest of the contest as the Rams responded with four points and later pulled away with five free throws in the closing minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams finished with a game-high 25 points. She was 9-for-17 on the day with three makes from beyond the arc.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 5-for-7.
- Freshmen Haley Meinel and Emily Keehfuss each chipped in six points. Meinel and junior Sabria Lytes grabbed four boards apiece.
- Freshman Morgan Robinson dished six assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 23-for-57 (40.4%) from the floor, 7-for-19 (36.8%) on threes and 14-for-18 (77.8%) at the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Caldwell, 34-31.
- The Rams have won six of their last eight meetings with the Cougars.
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 786th career win (637 at Jefferson).
Jefferson has a non-conference game at home versus Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday, February 5 at 6 p.m.