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Walsh’s Career Night Helps No. 19 Women’s Basketball Move on to CACC Semifinals

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – Colleen Walsh made nine 3-pointers as part of a career-high 31 points, helping the No. 19 University of the Sciences women's basketball team defeat Felician 58-41 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena.

USciences (26-3) advances to the CACC Semifinals for a second straight year, where it will take on Caldwell – the No. 2 seed in the North and No. 5 team in the latest NCAA East Region Rankings – at Jefferson on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. 

The winner of that matchup advances to the CACC Championship, also at Jefferson, to play the winner of Bloomfield and Jefferson the following day on Sunday, March 4 at 12 p.m.

University of the Sciences defeated Caldwell 66-56 back on Jan. 27 in the two teams' only meeting this season.

Walsh's nine 3-pointers were tied for the fifth-most in NCAA Division II this season. She moved into a tie for third in program history with 161 career triples. 

She tied her season-best in scoring with 15 points in the first half, before eventually surpassing her previous career-high of 23 points with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.

The senior made 11-of-19 field goals in 31 minutes and added a team-high six rebounds.

Sarah Abbonizio was the only other Devil with more than six points, as she contributed 13 to move into 12th in program history with 1,218 for her career.

She also pulled down six boards and led all players with four steals, which were one shy of a career-best.

Laura Trisch also had six rebounds, and she tied her season-best with a game-high five assists.

Notably, Mikaela Giuliani tied her career-high with three assists.

Alex Thomas was University of the Sciences' next leading scorer with six points, to go along with five rebounds.

Irisa Ye contributed four points and four rebounds.

The USciences' defense held Felician to 28.0 percent shooting (14-of-50), including just 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) in the first half. The Devils also forced 22 turnovers.

University of the Sciences used that defense to jump out to a lead it would never surrender, holding the Golden Falcons to just four points in the opening six and a half minutes.

Felician (10-17) did however lock down on the defensive end itself, resulting in just a 12-7 USciences' advantage after 10 minutes of play.

The Golden Falcons got as close as four, 10-14, with 6:32 remaining in the first half, but the Devils went on a 12-0 run from there to take a 26-10 lead on Abbonizio's layup with 1:43 showing.

The lead would remain in double-digits the remainder of the night.