SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The University of the Sciences women's basketball team outscored Shippensburg 22-10 in the second quarter, pulling away for its sixth straight win to begin the season on Wednesday evening.
After a competitive first quarter that featured eight lead changes and four ties, which ended with USciences leading 23-21, the Devils made their move.
Ahead 26-23 after a Shippensburg basket 28 seconds into the period, University of the Sciences held the Raiders without a point for the next 4:32, scoring six unanswered to begin a 17-6 surge.
USciences took its first double-digit advantage, 37-27, with 2:51 left in the half on an Alex Thomas 3-poiner, and after two Shippensburg free throws, Brigit Coleman hit back-to-back trifectas to put a stamp on the run and make the score 43-29 with 1:06 showing.
Colleen Walsh closed the scoring with a layup 14 seconds ahead of the break to make the halftime score 45-31, and Shippensburg could only get as close as nine in the second half.
Irisa Ye set a career-best in scoring for the fourth game in a row, pouring in 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, while making 9-of-14 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws. She also paced all players with career-highs of five assists and three steals.
Thomas led the charge in the first half with 18 points en route to scoring at least 20 for the second time in three games, and she led USciences with six rebounds while also recording four assists.
Jordan Vitelli added 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Walsh was one point shy of making it four Devils in double figures, and she also grabbed six rebounds.
Coleman's eight points in 14 minutes off the bench was one shy of a career-high, while her two 3-pointers were a new career-best.
USciences' 81 points were a new season-best, and its most in a stretch of 18 game dating back to last season. The Devils' almost matched or set season-highs with 18 assists, 12 offensive rebounds and eight steals.
Shippensburg actually outshot University of the Sciences, 46.3-46.2 percent, but the Devils won the turnover battle 16-8, leading to a 20-6 edge in points off turnovers. USciences also made 11-of-12 free throws.
University of the Sciences returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host Holy Family for its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.