KUTZTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – The USciences women's basketball team fell Thursday night in a hard-fought road loss to Kutztown, 61-51 at Keystone Arena. The Devils overall season record dropped to 4-13 with the loss. The Golden Bears improved to 7-8, 4-7 PSAC.
The Devils quest to remain in the CACC playoff picture was undamaged by the non-conference defeat, as their conference record remains at 4-5, good for a fourth-place tie in the CACC South Division with Chestnut Hill.
Devils sophomore forward Laura Trisch, fresh off a brilliant 21-point performance in Tuesday's exciting 66-64 victory over Dominican College at the Morgan Arena, followed up with another gem on Thursday, though this time in defeat. Trisch led the way for the Devils with 13 points, eight rebounds, and a staggering six blocked shots. The six blocks were a career-high for the 5'10" Trisch, and a single game-high for any Devils players this season.
USciences' senior floor general Megan Wolf also continued her strong play of late, also notching 13 points on 4-8 shooting, and logging a team-high 32 minutes played. Freshman guard Marissa Sylvester contributed nine points in 30 minutes of action off the Devils bench, including a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line.
Fresh off their riveting Tuesday performance, the rejuvenated Devils seemed poised to play road-spoilers against the Golden Bears from the very start of Thursday's game. Despite having won only once away from the Morgan Arena this season in seven tries, the Devils found themselves within striking distance of the Golden Bears at the half, trailing just 28-25.
Despite outshooting Kutztown for the game (USciences 40%, KU 32%), the Devils were bitten throughout by costly turnovers, committing 20 to the Golden Bears 13 for the game. KU used their home-court advantage to capitalize on the errors, converting on 20 points off Devils turnovers.
USciences returns to action Saturday to face the Millersville University Marauders (9-6, 6-6 PSAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 1pm at the Pucillo Gymnasium.