NEWARK, Del. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (12-11, 8-6 CACC) conceded the first basket of the game and it was the only time that the Rams trailed as they cruised to an 84-71 victory at Wilmington (Del.) (4-19, 4-11 CACC) on Wednesday.
The Wildcats started the contest with a layup 10 seconds in before Jefferson scored six straight to take the lead. After a Wilmington free throw, the Rams had an 11-2 run to increase the margin to 12 (17-5) with 3:49 left in the opening quarter. Jefferson was ahead 22-15 at the end of the period.
The Rams held a 30-21 advantage at the 5:49 mark of the second. They proceeded to hit four straight three-point attempts and added a layup as part of a 14-2 stretch that upped the cushion to 21 (44-23). The score was 46-29 heading into the intermission.
After a Wildcats' jumper began the second half, Jefferson caught fire yet again, pouring in 14 of the next 16 points for its largest lead of the evening (60-33) with 4:09 on the clock. Wilmington closed the gap to 22 (68-46) by the end of the third quarter and managed to outscore the Rams, 25-16, in the fourth but Jefferson's early dominance was too much to overcome.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Alynna Williams surpassed the 30-point mark for the second time this season, leading all scorers with 31. She shot 13-for-22, including 5-for-9 from three-point range. Williams added seven assists and three rebounds.
- Sophomore Maddie Haney picked up her third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards.
- Freshman Haley Meinel tallied 14 points.
- Junior Sabria Lytes contributed nine points and eight rebounds with freshman Morgan Robinson chipping in seven points, six assists, five boards and four steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 44.0% (33-for-75) from the field, 50.0% (13-for-26) from downtown and 83.3% (5-for-6) on free throws.
- Jefferson outrebounded Wilmington, 40-35.
- The Rams forced 19 turnovers and turned them into 28 points.
- Jefferson tied its season high with 13 three-pointers. The Rams also accomplished that feat on November 26 versus Shippensburg.
- Williams surpassed 1,600 career points and is the seventh Ram to reach that mark.
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 789th career win (640 at Jefferson).
With five games remaining in the regular season, Jefferson holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the CACC South Division with an 8-6 record. The Rams are tied with Chestnut Hill but the Griffins have a head-to-head victory over Jefferson. Goldey-Beacom is lurking just a game back at 7-7. USciences and Holy Family have locked in playoff berths and currently sit in first and second respectively.
Jefferson returns home to take on Nyack on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m.