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No. 13 Women’s Basketball Ties Program Record with 16th Straight Win on Senior Day

Credit: Madison Laplante
Credit: Madison Laplante

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's basketball team tied a program record, set in 2014-15, with its 16th consecutive victory on Saturday, defeating Post 67-56 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action inside of Bobby Morgan Arena.

Prior to the game, USciences (23-2, 15-1 CACC) honored the five members of its senior class of 2018: Laura Trisch, Sarah Abbonizio, Haley Helms, Molly Greenberg and Mary Kate Brokans.

Trisch had one of the performances of her career, registering her third career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for her second straight double-digit rebounding effort. She also led all players with a career-best four steals and three blocks, and added four assists.

With the performance, Trisch made her way up the program's record book in three categories. She is now fourth all-time with 119 career blocks, and 10th all-time with 638 career rebounds and 121 career 3-pointers. 

Abbonizio posted game-highs of 17 points – on 6-of-9 shooting – and five assists, and also had two steals.

Alex Thomas scored 12 points off the bench and had two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. 

Jordan Vitelli and Irisa Ye added nine and eight, respectively, off the bench as University of the Sciences' bench outscored Post's 36-11. 

Vitelli made three 3-pointers to move into fourth in the program's single-season history with 63 this season. 

Marissa Sylvester and Hadiya Tucker both matched their career-highs with three and two assists, respectively, as USciences had 20 assists on 24 field goals, its fourth game this season with at least 20.  

University of the Sciences led wire-to-wire after scoring the first five points, although Post did get as close as one four different times in the first half.

The Devils led 32-26 at the break and scored the first five points out of the locker room to take their first double-digit lead, 37-26, 53 seconds into the second half en route to leading 51-42 after three quarters.

Post was resilient though, pulling within a single possession twice, the second time coming when a 3-pointer made the score 55-52 with 5:06 remaining.

Ye came up big with a three-point play and after a Post layup, Sylvester pushed the lead back to six, 60-54, with 3:12 to play.

The game was scoreless for over two minutes before Vitelli came through with the final dagger, a trifecta to give USciences a 63-54 advantage with just 1:07 on the clock.   

University of the Sciences will go for the program-record 17th win in a row at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in its home-finale against Goldey-Beacom.