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No. 13 Women’s Basketball Crashes Boards For 11th Straight Win, 71-42 at Georgian Court

Credit: Madison Laplante
Credit: Madison Laplante

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The No. 13 University of the Sciences women's basketball team won its 11th consecutive game on Wednesday evening, its longest streak since a school-record 16-game win streak in 2014-15, defeating Georgian Court 71-42 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action.

The game was played within one possession for the entirety of the first quarter with USciences holding a 17-14 lead after the opening 10 minutes, but the Devils began the second quarter with a 10-3 surge and would lead by double-digits the remainder of the evening. 

With University of the Sciences (18-2, 10-1 CACC) only outshooting Georgian Court 38.8 percent (26-of-67) to 37.5 percent (18-of-48) the story of the night was rebounding and turnovers, although the 42 points by the Tigers were tied for the fewest by a Devils opponent this season. 

USciences set a new season-high in rebounding margin for the second game in a row, 43-27. The Devils grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, their most in a game since they had 21 against Caldwell on Jan. 25, 2014, which led to a 16-5 edge in second chance points.

University of the Sciences also won the turnover battle, 17-9, which led to the Devils outscoring the Lions 17-9 in points off turnovers.

For the second straight game Alex Thomas moved up two positions on the program's all-time scoring list, ending the night 13th all-time with 1,138 points for her career after leading all players with 19 on 9-of-14 shooting, one shy of a career-high in made field goals.

Laura Trisch and Colleen Walsh were also in double-figures with 10 points each.

Trisch grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to become the 11th Devil in program history to surpass 600 for her career. She fell two boards shy of her third career double-double, while also adding a game-high two blocks in just 17 minutes.

Notably, Walsh had five assists to fall one shy of her career-best.

Sarah Abbonizio fell two points shy of making it four Devils in double-figures and led all players with two steals.

Shannon May set a new career-high with six rebounds and tied a career-best with two assists.

Jordan Vitelli fell two boards shy of her career-high with six, and she made a 3-pointer to move into a tie for 11th in program history with 110 for her career.

Notably, Alyx McKiernan set a new season-high in scoring with five points Haley Helms tied a season-best in scoring for the second time in three games with three.

Marissa Sylvester fell one point shy of a season-best with four and Irisa Ye set a new season-high in assists with three.

USciences will go for 12 wins in a row, which would tie the third-longest streak in program history, when it hosts CACC Northern Division leaders Caldwell in a matchup of regionally-ranked teams on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.