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No. 16 Women’s Basketball Pulls Away from Bloomsburg with Dominant Second and Third Quarters

No. 16 Women’s Basketball Pulls Away from Bloomsburg with Dominant Second and Third Quarters

PHILADELPHIA – After a defensive battle in the first quarter, the University of the Sciences women's basketball team pulled away from Bloomsburg with dominant second and third quarters en route to its third straight victory to open the season, 69-44, on Wednesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena.

The lead changed five times and there were two ties in the opening quarter, which saw USciences leading 9-8 after 10 minutes of play.  

The Devils would outscore Bloomsburg 44-23 over the next two quarters.

After the Huskies scored the first basket of the second quarter just 21 seconds in, University of the Sciences made its move with the next 11 points. Alex Thomas scored eight of those points, including two 3-pointers and a jumper that made the score 20-10 with 6:09 remaining in the half.

Bloomsburg momentarily cut the deficit to single-digits, but a layup by Sarah Abbonizio and yet another 3-pointer by Thomas completed a 16-4 run and USciences would lead by double-digits the remainder of the contest.

Thomas led all players with a season-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to lead an efficient night of shooting for the Devils.

University of the Sciences' 51.1 field goal percentage (23-45) was its third-highest since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. The Devils shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) after the first quarter.

On the defensive side, USciences held Bloomsburg to just 31.3 percent (15-of-48) shooting and forced 22 turnovers - behind a season-best eight steals - that led to 20 points.

Jess Huber and Jordan Vitelli each added 11 points to combine for 22 in just 31 minutes. They both had three rebounds and two 3-pointers.

For Huber it was a new season-high in scoring, and she also set season-highs with three rebounds, two assists and a team-best two steals.

Laura Trisch had a game-high five rebounds, while Alyx McKiernan led all players with a career-best three assists in just six minutes.  

University of the Sciences will take nearly two weeks off before returning to action on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. for its first road contest of the year at Adelphi, who received votes in both preseason national polls.