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No. 13 Women’s Basketball Wins 14th Straight; 81-56 at Concordia

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The No. 13 University of the Sciences women's basketball team has tied its second-longest win streak in program history after defeating Concordia 81-56 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Saturday afternoon for its 14th consecutive victory.

USciences made 13+ 3-pointers for the third game in a row, marking the first time it has done that in the last 6+ seasons. After scoring a season-high 89 points in Wednesday's win over Wilmington, the Devils have scored 80+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015.

University of the Sciences also turned the ball over just six times, its second-lowest amount of the season, and forced 12 Concordia turnovers that led to a 20-4 edge in points off turnovers.

Aside from one tie at 2-2 49 seconds into play, USciences (21-2, 13-1 CACC) led throughout. The Devils held the Clippers scoreless for the final 5:42 of the first quarter as part of a 17-0 run over the final 5:06 of the opening period to take a 26-5 advantage after 10 minutes of play.

Alex Thomas and Jordan Vitelli were both in double-figures in scoring, while moving their way up the program's record book. 

Thomas had a game-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting to move into a tie for 12th in program history with 1,181 career points.  She also led University of the Sciences with six rebounds and two steals.

Vitelli moved her way up the single-season record book into seventh after making 3-of-5 3-pointers to end the afternoon with 60 on the season. 

Sarah Abbonizio was also in double-figures with 12 points, to go along with four rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Colleen Walsh was one point shy of making it four Devils in double-figures, and she led the Devils with three assists.

Shannon May also had three assists, a new season-high, and added five rebounds, one shy of a season-best.

Alyx McKiernan was also one board shy of her career-high with four.

Jess Huber and Irisa Ye scored eight and seven points off the bench, respectively, while Hadiya Tucker and Mikaela Giuliani both set season-highs with four.

Notably, Laura Trisch made a 3-pionter to move into a tie for 10th in program history with 119 for her career.

Not only will University of the Sciences be going for win number 15 in a row its next time out, which would be the new second-longest streak in program history, the Devils will also be playing for first place in the CACC South when it travels to Jefferson for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The two teams are both 13-1 in league play with five games remaining.

USciences defeated the Rams 72-67 in overtime on Jan. 6.