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Women’s Basketball’s Defense Stifles Dominican; Devils Win Eighth Straight

(Thomas, USciences)

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's basketball team stifled the Dominican offense, holding the Chargers to just 30.0 percent shooting in a 60-44 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.

Dominican's 30.0 field goal percentage (15-of-50) was the lowest by a USciences opponent this season, while the 44 points were tied for the second-fewest. The Devils have now held five of their previous six opponents under 35.0 percent shooting.

University of the Sciences (15-2, 7-1 CACC) also outrebounded the Chargers 40-31, setting a new season-best in both rebounds and rebounding margin. The Devils outscored Dominican 15-2 in second chance points.

The win was USciences' eighth straight, a new season-long.

Alex Thomas (St Elizabeths) led the way on the offensive side of the ball with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws. She also tied her season-high with seven rebounds and added two assists.

Jordan Vitelli was the only other Devil in double figures with 13 points on 3-of-6 3-point shooting, and she tied her career-high with eight rebounds.

Sarah Abbonizio also tied her career-best with eight rebounds, while matching Colleen Walsh with a team-high four assists.  

Jess Huber set a new season-best with four rebounds, while her six points were her second-most this season.

Notably, Marissa Sylvester set a new season-high with five points.

With University of the Sciences leading 8-6 with 3:25 to go in the first quarter, Vitelli and Sylvester made back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Devils to a seven-point advantage, 17-10, heading into the second after Vitelli closed out the quarter with another triple.

USciences then scored the first seven points of the second quarter, holding Dominican scoreless for the first 6:07, to take a first half-high lead, 25-10, when Huber capped 10 unanswered with a layup at the 4:45 mark.

Dominican (5-10, 4-3) would close the half on an 11-2 run over the final 3:53 though, banking in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 27-21 entering the locker room.

University of the Sciences regrouped at the half, coming out with the first seven points of the third quarter behind a Thomas triple and two Vitelli free throws before a Thomas layup made the score 34-21 with 7:48 showing.

Dominican was able to cut the deficit to single digits on four occasions including getting as close as eight, 39-31, with 2:10 left in the third.

USciences scored the final four points of the quarter though, capped by a Thomas trifecta, and the Devils' lead remained in double-digits throughout the fourth.

University of the Sciences opens play in the spring semester when it hosts Holy Family on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

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