WILMINGTON, Del. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's basketball team (16-11, 12-6 CACC) ended the first half with an 11-0 run then pulled away after halftime for a 79-52 victory at Goldey-Beacom (8-18, 8-10 CACC) on Wednesday evening. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Rams.
Jefferson posted the first six points of the contest before the Lightning followed with six points to tie. The Rams had a 7-0 stretch to go ahead 13-6 with 4:14 remaining in the opening quarter. Jefferson held the advantage until a 10-0 rally in the second period gave GBC a 26-23 lead. The teams were even at 34 with 2:33 left in the half. The Rams then poured in 11 straight points to go ahead 45-34 at the break. Senior Alynna Williams sparked the run with seven points.
In the third, the Lightning were within nine (51-42) with 5:00 on the clock. Jefferson embarked on a 12-0 run to end the frame, increasing the margin to 21 (63-42). Freshman Haley Meinel led the charge with seven points. Goldey-Beacom could not recover and the Rams led by as many as 29 down the stretch.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 4-of-9 from three.
- Meinel recorded 15 points and a season-high eight steals. She was 6-for-11 from the field.
- Freshman Maeve McCann contributed 11 points off of the bench, shooting 4-for-7, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Morgan Robinson dished seven assists, tying her season high, and junior Sabria Lytes grabbed six rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 47.7% (31-for-65) from the floor, 45.0% (9-for-20) from three-point distance and 80.0% (8-for-10) from the foul line.
- Jefferson forced 21 turnovers and turned them into 26 points.
- The Rams shot a scorching 71.4% (10-of-14) in the second quarter, including a perfect 4-of-4 from three.
- Jefferson limited GBC to just 25.9% shooting (7-of-27) in the second half.
- Williams moved into sixth place on the Rams' all-time scoring list with 1,711 career points. She is also now third in three-pointers (227), close behind Adrienne Reese (228) and Rachel Day (239).
- It was head coach Tom Shirley's 793rd career win (644 at Jefferson).
The Rams have clinched the South Division's third seed in next week's CACC Tournament and they will travel to Dominican for the quarterfinals on March 3. All four seeds in the South have been decided with USciences (1), Holy Family (2) and Chestnut Hill (4) also qualifying. In the North, the top three teams are determined in Post (1), Dominican (2) and Caldwell (3). Nyack and Concordia are battling for the final spot. Concordia needs a win on Saturday plus a Nyack loss to make the postseason.
Jefferson wraps up the regular season at home versus Holy Family on Saturday, February 29 at 2 p.m. The Rams will celebrate Alumni/Senior Day.