Sarah Abbonizio led four players in double figures as the University of the Sciences defeated Wilmington University 74-56 Wednesday night at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
The Devils improve to 2-5 overall and 2-1 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Wilmington falls to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Abbonizio (Episcopal Academy/West Chester, Pa.) connected on six of nine shots from the field en route to a game high 16 points. Laura Trisch (Archbishop Wood HS/Doylestown, Pa.) and Alex Thomas (St. Elizabeth HS/Hockessin, Del.) added 12 points apiece whileAmber Reiley (High Point Regional/Branchville, N.J.) scored a career-high ten points. Also adding a career-high was freshman Micah Morgan (Caravel Academy/Newark, Del.) who came off the bench to score nine points. Trisch led the team with seven rebounds while Thomas and Molly Greenberg (St. Basil Academy/Meadowbrook, Pa.) dished out a game-high four assists.
The team finally broke out of their shooting doldrums, hitting 47.3% of their shots from the field while also shooting a season high 24 free throws (20-24, 83.3%) due to their effectiveness of getting the ball inside against the Wildcats.
A 12-6 first quarter run produced a nine point lead 19-10 only to see the Wildcats whittle it down to four by the end of the period, scoring the last five points. Wilmington went on to produce a 7-2 run to open the second quarter and take their first lead of the game 22-21. A Thomas jumper put the Devils back in front and started a 15-4 spurt to give the Devils a double-digit lead 36-26 as the half wound down.
The Wildcats scored the first basket of the second half to pull within seven before the Devils ran off eight straight points (four each from Reiley and Trisch) to pull ahead by 15 46-31. Wilmington followed with a 6-0 run to again chop the margin to single digits, 46-37 with 4:56 in the period before the Devils put the lead by up in double figures for good with an 11-6 run to close out the third quarter.
USciences pushed the lead to as many as 19 in the fourth quarter before settling in for an 18-point win.
Ebonee Dixon and Zamaria Jones led the Wildcats with eight points.
The women's basketball game returns to action on Saturday, December 5, 2015 when they host Holy Family University. Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m.