Brianne Traub recorded a career high 32 points as the University of the Sciences women's basketball team equaled their best start in program history with a 77-74 win over Nyack College at Bowman Gym in Nyack, New York.
The Devils improve to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Their 8-2 start matches the 2003-04 women's team through ten games. The 03-04 squad finished 24-6. Nyack falls to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Traub (Eastern Christian HS/ Wayne, N.J.) connected on 13 of 22 shots from the field and went 6-8 from the free throw line en route to her career high 32 points. Twenty of Traub's 32 points came in the second half. Camille) McPherson added 21 points (8-10 FG, 4-4 FT) and Jessica Sylvester (Nazareth Academy/Trevose, Pa.) chipped in 14 points. Isabella Ross (Central HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
Six lead changes highlighted the first half with neither team leading by more than six points at any given stretch. Sciences opened the second with a 16-5 run to take their biggest lead 52-39 with 14:17 left. Sciences still led by 12 when the Warriors ran off 11 straight points to close within one 56-55. A basket from Traub and a triple from Sylvester pushed the lead back to five 62-57 before Nyack made another run of eight straight points to take a 65-62 lead with 7:07 left. Traub followed with a basket to pull the Devils within one and two possessions later regained the lead for good on a basket by Kaitlyn Schmid (Howell Area HS/Howell, N.J.). Traub then made a traditional three-point play to take a four point lead 69-64. Nyack's Tori Trador cut the lead back to one with a three-point field goal and the lead see-sawed between one and three points until Ross sank two free throws to give Sciences a 75-70 lead. Trador later sank three free throws to close the gap to two, 75-73 before Traub countered with two from the charity stripe to make the score 77-73. Nyack added one more free throw to complete the scoring.
Audrey Matteson led Nyack with 19 points while Mariah Brown added 15 points.
The Devils are now off for final exams. Sciences will return to action on Saturday December 21, 2013 when they host Georgian Court University at the Morgan Arena. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.