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No. 12 Women’s Basketball Clinches Third CACC South Title in Four Years with Win at Nyack


(Thomas, USciences)

NYACK, N.Y. - The No. 12 University of the Sciences women's basketball team clinched its third Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Southern Division title in the last four years with a 71-50 victory at Nyack on Saturday afternoon.

Coupled with a Jefferson loss, USciences (25-2, 17-1 CACC) also clinched the South's No. 1 seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament, meaning the Devils will host the No. 4 seed from the CACC North in a Quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

University of the Sciences' 17 league wins are the program's most since the conference went to a 19-game schedule in 2009-10.

With the victory, the Devils also extended their program-record win streak to 18 games, currently tied for the third longest streak in the country.

Colleen Walsh put USciences on top with a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the action and aside from one tie at 6-6, the Devils would lead throughout. 

Following that tie University of the Sciences scored seven unanswered, capped by a Jess Huber triple with 1:37 showing in the first quarter.

University of the Sciences then held three double-digit leads in the second quarter beginning with a Sarah Abbonizio layup to make the score 20-10 at the 7:28 mark, before a Walsh layup 37 seconds ahead of the break put the Devils on top 29-19 entering the locker room.

USciences scored the first eight points of the third quarter, with Alex Thomas (St Elizabeths) following an Irisa Ye jumper with back-to-back trifectas, and the Devils would lead by double-digits the rest of the way.

Thomas and Abbonizio tied for a game-high with 15 points each to both make their way up the program's all-time scoring list.

Thomas moved into 11th all-time with 1,228 career points, while Abbonizio is now 13th with 1,189.

The two each made three 3-pointers, with Thomas adding five rebounds and Abbonizio contributing three assists.

Laura Trisch also made three triples as she was in double-figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 11 points, while leading all players with seven rebounds and three blocks. 

Colleen Walsh was also in double-figures with 10 points, and she led the Devils with five assists – one shy of a career-high - to go along with five rebounds. 

Rounding out the starting five was Ye, who scored six points and added a career-best three steals in her first career start. 

Huber made both of her 3-point attempts en route to six points, while Haley Helms made her only attempt to tie a season-high with three.

University of the Sciences made 13 3-pointers, compared to Nyack's four.

Mikaela Giuliani's three points were one shy of a season-best, while her two steals tied a career-high.

USciences had 10 steals as well as four blocks, both of which were one shy of a season-high.

The Devils also turned the ball over just seven times, its third lowest amount this season, helping them to 15-5 edge in points off turnovers after forcing 16 from the Warriors.

University of the Sciences takes a week off before closing out its 2017-18 regular season with a 1 p.m. tip next Saturday, Feb. 24 at Chestnut Hill.

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