PHILADELPHIA – After a slow start, the University of the Sciences women's basketball team used one of its best offensive performances of the season to get past West Chester, a regionally ranked team in the Atlantic Region, 82-62 on Tuesday evening in Bobby Morgan Arena.
USciences' 82 points were its most since scoring 84 in a win at Chestnut Hill exactly one year ago, a span of 32 games. The Devils' 19 assists were tied for their second-most in that span, while their 50.9 field goal percentage (27-of-53) was their fourth-highest.
Going 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) from the foul line for the second time in four games, University of the Sciences (9-2) matched its best free throw percentage when making double-digit foul shots since opening the 2015-16 season by making 12-of-12.
Notably, the Devils also made 11-of-25 from beyond the arch for their second-highest percentage of the season, 44.0 percent.
West Chester (5-4) scored the first 10 points of the contest, capped by a layup 3:42 into the action, but USciences came back with 13 of the next 15 to close the quarter and took its first lead when Jordan Vitelli converted a 3-point play with 50 seconds on the clock.
University of the Sciences extended its run into the second quarter with a 3-pointer by Sarah Abbonizio and despite a West Chester layup, the Devils rattled off 12 unanswered to complete a 27-4 run highlighted by triples from Vitelli, Abbonizio and Alex Thomas, the third making the score 27-14 with 5:59 showing.
The lead reached as high as 15, 36-21, in the first half when Irisa Ye made a trifecta 4:11 later, helping the Devils take a 38-24 advantage into the locker room.
Halftime did not slow USciences down as it opened the third quarter on an 18-5 surge to go ahead 56-29 with 2:42 to go.
The lead then reached 30, 62-32, when Abbonizio nailed a jumper 10 seconds ahead of the third quarter buzzer.
Those were two of the senior's game-high 23 points, her third 20-point performance in the last four games. She made 8-of-12 field goals, 3-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws while falling one rebound shy of her career-best for the second time in three games with seven.
The three 3-pointers moved her into sole possession of fifth place in program history with 129 for her career.
Thomas' 19 points were tied for her second-most this season, while her three assists tied a season-best. She also shot well – 6-of-10 and 4-of-4 from the line – and made three triples to move into a tie for seventh in program history with teammate Colleen Walsh with 121.
Vitelli also made three trifectas and shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the line as she was right behind Thomas with 18 points, while also tying her season-high with five rebounds.
Ye was one point shy of making it four Devils in double-figures in 16 minutes off the bench, as she made three of her four field goal attempts.
Walsh set a new career-high with six assists, while also contributing five points and three rebounds.
Laura Trisch stuffed the stat sheet with six points, five rebounds, five assists, a career-best four steals and one block, while not committing a turnover in 33 minutes.
University of the Sciences closes out its non-conference schedule with a team regionally ranked in the East Region, Stonehill, on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m.