No. 12 Women’s Basketball Clinches Third CACC South Title in Four Years with Win at Nyack

No. 12 Women’s Basketball Clinches Third CACC South Title in Four Years with Win at Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. - The No. 12 University of the Sciences women's basketball team clinched its third Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Southern Division title in the last four years with a 71-50 victory at Nyack on Saturday afternoon.

Coupled with a Jefferson loss, USciences (25-2, 17-1 CACC) also clinched the South's No. 1 seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament, meaning the Devils will host the No. 4 seed from the CACC North in a Quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

University of the Sciences' 17 league wins are the program's most since the conference went to a 19-game schedule in 2009-10.

With the victory, the Devils also extended their program-record win streak to 18 games, currently tied for the third longest streak in the country.

Colleen Walsh put USciences on top with a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the action and aside from one tie at 6-6, the Devils would lead throughout. 

Following that tie University of the Sciences scored seven unanswered, capped by a Jess Huber triple with 1:37 showing in the first quarter.

University of the Sciences then held three double-digit leads in the second quarter beginning with a Sarah Abbonizio layup to make the score 20-10 at the 7:28 mark, before a Walsh layup 37 seconds ahead of the break put the Devils on top 29-19 entering the locker room.

USciences scored the first eight points of the third quarter, with Alex Thomas following an Irisa Ye jumper with back-to-back trifectas, and the Devils would lead by double-digits the rest of the way.

Thomas and Abbonizio tied for a game-high with 15 points each to both make their way up the program's all-time scoring list.

Thomas moved into 11th all-time with 1,228 career points, while Abbonizio is now 13th with 1,189.

The two each made three 3-pointers, with Thomas adding five rebounds and Abbonizio contributing three assists.

Laura Trisch also made three triples as she was in double-figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 11 points, while leading all players with seven rebounds and three blocks. 

Colleen Walsh was also in double-figures with 10 points, and she led the Devils with five assists – one shy of a career-high - to go along with five rebounds. 

Rounding out the starting five was Ye, who scored six points and added a career-best three steals in her first career start. 

Huber made both of her 3-point attempts en route to six points, while Haley Helms made her only attempt to tie a season-high with three.

University of the Sciences made 13 3-pointers, compared to Nyack's four.

Mikaela Giuliani's three points were one shy of a season-best, while her two steals tied a career-high.

USciences had 10 steals as well as four blocks, both of which were one shy of a season-high.

The Devils also turned the ball over just seven times, its third lowest amount this season, helping them to 15-5 edge in points off turnovers after forcing 16 from the Warriors.

University of the Sciences takes a week off before closing out its 2017-18 regular season with a 1 p.m. tip next Saturday, Feb. 24 at Chestnut Hill.