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Women’s Basketball Breaks CACC Record with 17 3-Pointers; Thomas Reaches 1000 Career Points in Win at Wilmington

Women’s Basketball Breaks CACC Record with 17 3-Pointers; Thomas Reaches 1000 Career Points in Win at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior Alex Thomas scored her 1,000th career point, and the University of the Sciences women's basketball broke the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) record with 17 3-pointers in a 76-50 victory at Wilmington on Saturday afternoon.

The 17 3-pointers broke the previous record of 16 which was done three times, including twice by USciences in Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2016.

The Devils (11-2, 3-1 CACC) made 12 3-pointers in the first half, which fell one shy of the school-record 13 that was set by the abovementioned team on Nov. 26, 2013.

Notably, the 17 3-pointers were tied for the eighth-most by a Division II team this season.

University of the Sciences also had a season-high 24 assists, its most in a game since it had 25 on Feb. 7, 2015, while the 76 points were tied for its second-most in a game this season.

For the second game in a row, the Devils set a new season-high with five blocks and fell one short of a season-best with nine steals, which led to a 20-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Entering the contest 11 points shy of the milestone, Thomas scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the first half. The total was one point shy of her season-best, and she also finished one assist shy of her career-high with five. 

The junior also made history as she and Colleen Walsh, who made a game-high five 3-pointers, are now tied for sixth in program history with 126 career 3-pointers.

Walsh made five of her eight 3-point attempts en route to a season-best 15 points, and she added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Sarah Abbonizio made four trifectas as she was also in double-figures with 14 points, while more notably setting a new career-high with eight assists.

Jordan Vitelli was one point shy of double figures as she made three 3-pointers while Laura Trisch made one en route to tying her season-high of eight points, to go along with a season-best three blocks.

Shannon May also tied her season-high in points with three as she rounded out the 17 made 3-pointers.

Notably, Alyx McKiernan (one steal), Molly Greenberg (two rebounds), Marissa Sylvester (three rebounds), Irisa Ye (two steals, two assists), Jess Huber (one block), Hadiya Tucker (three rebounds), Mary Kate Brokans (one assist) and Mikaela Giuliani (three rebounds, two assists) all came off the bench to set or tie their season-highs.

Wilmington led by as many as six in the first quarter and despite University of the Sceinces taking a six-point advantage early in the quarter, the Wildcats remained within three, 22-19, midway through the second quarter.

With six minutes showing on the clock, Walsh made the first of five straight USciences 3-pointers over 3:18.

Walsh also had the second triple in the stretch, followed by one from Thomas and two more from Abbbonizio, the second one making the score 37-19 with 2:42 to play in the half.

Thomas then made a layup 38 seconds later to cap 17 unanswered in less than four minutes.

Wilmington did manage to end the run with two free throws, but Vitelli joined in on the long-range shooting display with one final trifecta 26 seconds before halftime to complete a 20-2 stretch that helped the Devils to a 42-23 halftime lead after the Wildcats made two more free throws four seconds before the buzzer. 

Wilmington (4-8, 1-3) got as close as 10 points, 45-35, in the second half with a 12-3 surge in the first 4:27 out of the locker room, but the Wildcats could never manage to pull within single digits.  

University of the Sciences will ring in the New Year with another trip to Delaware on Wednesday, Jan. 3 for a 6 p.m. CACC tip at Goldey-Beacom.