WILMINGTON, Del. – Laura Trisch recorded the second double-double of her career in the University of the Sciences women's basketball team's 60-42 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday evening.
The senior had one of the best performances of her career, leading all players with 16 points and 13 rebounds, the latter of which tied her career-high. She also fell one steal shy of a career-best with a game-high three, blocked a shot and had an assist.
The 16 points doubled her previous season-high as she shot 6-of-9 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc, also one shy of a career-best. The four triples moved her into a tie for 10th in program history with 110 for her career.
Notably, Colleen Walsh made a 3-pointer to move into sole possession of sixth in program history with 127 for her career.
Sarah Abbonizio was right behind Trisch with 15 points, to go along with three rebounds and a team-best two assists.
Alex Thomas was also in double-figures with 14 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists.
Jordan Vitelli also had two assists and four rebounds.
It looked like University of the Sciences (12-2, 4-1 CACC) would go into the second quarter trailing but Trisch beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to regain a 15-14 advantage, igniting nine unanswered that left the Devils ahead 21-14 when Trisch found Thomas for a layup 3:03 into the second.
USciences was able to hold on to that cushion through the remainder of the quarter and found itself up 10, 31-21, going into the locker room when Abbonizio followed a Vitelli layup with yet another buzzer-beater, this one a layup.
Goldey-Beacom (4-10, 2-3) scored the first three points of the third quarter on free throws, but University of the Sciences came right back with the next 10 to reestablish a double-digit lead.
Abbonizio both started and ended it, draining a 3-pointer to make the score 41-24 just 3:49 into the second half.
That was part of span in which USciences held the Lightning without a field goal for 11:46 of game time from late in the second quarter until the 1:24 mark of the third.
That stretch spearheaded a defensive performance in which the Devils held Goldey-Beacom to just 31.4 percent shooting (16-of-51), including just 4-of-21 from 3-point range (19.0 percent).
After Trisch made a triple for a game-high 18-point advantage, 44-26, with just 1:42 left in the third quarter, the Lightning did manage to build some momentum heading into the fourth with three trifectas in the final 1:24.
Yet another basket 15 seconds into the fourth cut the deficit to single-digits, 46-37, for the first time since early in the third quarter but Thomas answered with a basket of her own, the first of six straight points for her, to spark 10 unanswered that helped USciences pull away for good.
University of the Sciences hosts its first game of the New Year when it welcomes nationally-ranked and CACC-leader No. 16 Jefferson to Bobby Morgan Arena for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 6.