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No. 13 Women’s Basketball Breaks CACC Record for Second Time This Season with 21 3-Pointers; Clinches CACC Tournament Berth with Win over Wilmington

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

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PHILADELPHIA – For the second time this season the No. 13 University of the Sciences women's basketball team broke the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) record for 3-pointers in a game, breaking the previous record of 17 by four in an 89-47 win over Wilmington on Tuesday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena.

The 21 3-pointers on 44 attempts (46.4 percent) were the third most by a team in NCAA Division II this season. 

USciences had 27 assists, its most in a game since it had 28 in a win at Cheyney on Nov. 26, 2013, while the 89 points were its most since scoring 92 at Post on Jan. 3, 2015.

The Devils also tied a season-high with 45 rebounds.  

With its 13th win in a row, University of the Sciences (20-2, 12-1 CACC) clinched its eighth consecutive berth in the CACC Tournament with six games remaining in the season.

Earlier in the day USciences also moved up two positions to No. 19 in the WBCA Coaches Poll, while remaining strong at No. 13 in the D2SIDA National Poll. They Devils were the unanimous No. 2 in the D2SIDA East Region Poll for the second week in a row.

Nine different Devils made a 3-pointer, with Jess Huber and Jordan Vitelli each making 5-of-7 en route to 15 points.

The five triples moved Vitelli into a tie for eighth in the program's single-season annals with 57 3-pointers and into a tie for ninth all-time with 119 for her career. She played just 12 minutes and added five rebounds.

A new career-high in points for Huber, the freshman played just 14 minutes.  

Alex Thomas made 4-of-5 attempts en route to 12 points and added three rebounds and two assists.

Sarah Abbonizio led all players with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 2-of-3 3-pointers to move up two spots in the program's record book to 16th all-time with 1,112 career points. She also recorded a game-high two steals.

Also making a 3-pointer were Mary Kate Brokans, Colleen Walsh, Irisa Ye, Haley Helms and Laura Trisch.

For Brokans, a graduate transfer, the trifecta was the first of her career as she set new career-bests with five points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.

Walsh totaled tallied a game-high five assists, one shy of a career-best, for her sixth consecutive game with at least four.

Ye grabbed a career-high six rebounds in just 10 minutes while Hadiya Tucker also set a new career-best in rebounds with five, as well as in blocks with two.

Helms' three points and two rebounds were both season-highs.

Notably, Molly Greenberg's four rebounds and four assists were new season-bests, as were Mikaela Giuliani's four rebounds and Marissa Sylvester's two assists.

USciences returns to the road in search of its 14th straight win, which would be tied for the second-longest streak in program history, when it travels to Concordia for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 3