PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (10-11) dominated the first quarter and cruised to a 66-54 victory over Southern Connecticut State (8-14) at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday.
The Rams scored the first six points of the contest while the Owls struggled to start the game. SCSU did not make a field goal until its 12th attempt, which made it 6-4 at the 4:05 mark. Jefferson then finished the period with a 12-0 run to lead by 14 (18-4). In the second, the Rams were ahead 25-9 when a three-pointer by the Owls made it 25-12. Jefferson followed with 10 straight points to pull away to a 23-point advantage (35-12). The Rams were up 38-17 at halftime.
After a Southern Connecticut three that made the score 40-20, Jefferson strung together eight points in a row to up the margin to 28 (48-20) with 5:02 left in the third. With the score 53-30, the Rams posted six consecutive for their largest lead at 29. The score was 59-33 going into the final quarter.
In the fourth, a triple by junior Allie Warren made it 66-37 with 5:27 to go. The Owls then scored the last 17 points of the contest but it was too little, too late for Southern Connecticut.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Alynna Williams totaled a game-high 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal.
- Freshman Haley Meinel produced 16 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals.
- Junior Sabria Lytes tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney pulled down nine boards.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 34.8% (23-for-66) from the field, 34.8% (8-for-23) from beyond the arc and 75.0% (12-for-16) from the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Southern Connecticut, 49-39.
- The Rams held the Owls to 29.8% shooting (17-for-57).
- The Rams' total of 49 rebounds was a season high.
- It was Jefferson's lowest shooting percentage in a victory this season.
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 787th career win (638 at Jefferson).
Jefferson visits Post for a CACC game on Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m.