WATERBURY, Conn. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (11-11, 7-6 CACC) ended the game with a 15-6 run to top the first-place team in the CACC North Division, Post (16-5, 11-3 CACC), 69-65 on Saturday afternoon.
There were six ties and three lead changes in the opening quarter as the teams traded baskets. The Eagles held a narrow 19-17 advantage at the end of the period. Sophomore Maddie Haney started the second with a three and that began an 11-3 rally by the Rams as they went ahead 28-22 (5:06). However, Post responded with eight straight points before junior Sabria Lytes tied the score at 30 with a jump shot (2:44). Jefferson outscored the opposition, 7-2, to close the frame with a 37-32 halftime lead.
After the Eagles closed the gap to one (39-38) in the third, the Rams went on a 14-4 run for their largest margin of the contest at 11 (53-42) with 4:39 on the clock. Post recovered and posted 11 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to one (54-53) heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles continued their momentum into the final period, recording the first six points to go in front 59-54 (6:55). Jefferson came back in a big way with junior Sabria Lytes making two layups and senior Alynna Williams drilling a pair of threes to give the Rams a 64-59 advantage with 4:26 to play. Post made a three and Lytes hit a jumper, making the score 66-62 (3:12). The Eagles got within one (66-65) with 30 seconds remaining. Post fouled and Williams converted both free throws. Williams then grabbed the rebound off of an Eagles' miss from beyond the arc and sank one more foul shot to finish off the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams ended with 29 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She was 5-for-10 from three and 6-for-6 at the line. Williams added five rebounds and two assists.
- Lytes registered 16 points, four boards, two steals and one assist.
- Haney scored 10 points and freshman Morgan Robinson dished seven assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 41.3% (26-of-63) for the game, 42.9% (9-of-21) from three-point distance and 88.9% (8-of-9) at the line.
- Williams is now in seventh place on the Rams' all-time scoring list with 1,590 points.
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 788th career win (639 at Jefferson).
Jefferson travels to Wilmington (Del.) on Wednesday, February 12 for a 6 p.m. game.