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Women’s Basketball Back in Top 25; Devils Roll Past Holy Family

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

D2SIDA Women's Basketball Week 3 Media National and Regional Polls  

WBCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

PHILADELPHIA – Hours after reentering both national polls, the No. 17 University of the Sciences women's basketball team extended its season-long win streak to nine games with a 72-51 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Holy Family on Tuesday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

Earlier in the day it was revealed that USciences was ranked No. 17 in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Week 8 Media National Poll, as well as No. 25 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Devils also moved up to No. 2 in the D2SIDA East Region Poll, matching their highest regional ranking of the season.

It was the first time University of the Sciences appeared in the national rankings since the week four editions of the polls.

USciences (16-2, 8-1 CACC) came out clicking on all cylinders in the first half, shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) - including 8-of-14 from 3-point range (57.1 percent) - and holding Holy Family to just 31.8 percent shooting (7-of-22) en route to leads of 15-6 after the first quarter and 40-20 at the break.

The Devils would go on to shoot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) for the contest, their third-highest percentage of the season, and 12-of-24 from beyond the arc for their second-highest percentage of the season. It was the fourth straight game with double-digit 3-pointers made.  

Notably University of the Sciences had 20 assists, its second-highest total of the season.

Holy Family (5-12, 4-5) shot just 34.1 percent (14-of-41) on the evening, the sixth opponent the Devils have held under 35.0 percent in their last seven contests.

The USciences offense featured a balanced attack in which all five starters scored at least eight points, with Alex Thomas and Jordan Vitelli leading the way with 13 points each.

Vitelli had two 3-pointers, as did the three other starters. Sarah Abbonizio was also in double-figures with 12 points, while Colleen Walsh and Laura Trisch each had eight.

Walsh led University of the Sciences with four assists, while Trisch and Vitelli tied for the team-lead with four rebounds.

Jess Huber came off the bench to score six points – on two 3-pointers - for the second straight game, her second-highest total of the season, and Irisa Ye contributed four points. 

Mikaela Giuliani set a new career-high with three assists, while her three rebounds tied a season-best.

University of the Sciences will go for its third 10-game win streak in the last two seasons when it travels to Felician for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 20.