LAKEWOOD, N.J. – After a competitive first 10 minutes, the No. 11 University of the Sciences women's basketball team outscored Georgian Court 28-9 in the second quarter en route to defeating the Lions 79-58 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play on Tuesday evening at GCU Wellness Center.
Senior Alex Thomas made history on the night, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 2-of-2 3-pointers to become the fourth player in program history to surpass 1,500 career points.
After the opening quarter that featured 11 lead changes ended with a Jordan Vitelli 3-pointer giving USciences a 20-18 lead, Vitelli opened the second with two more trifectas, before Thomas capped 12 unanswered with a triple of her own to make the score 29-18 just 2:23 into the period.
Georgian Court momentarily got back within single digits, before the Devils this time scored nine in a row to put a stamp on a 21-3 run when Irisa Ye's two free throws made the score 38-21 with 4:42 to go in the half.
Vitelli scored 14 of her game-high 20 in the first half, making history of her own after draining 5-of-9 3-pointers to move into fifth in the program annals with 168 for her career. The junior also led USciences with six rebounds despite playing only 16 minutes.
Alyx McKiernan was the Devils' third-leading scorer with a career-best nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.
University of the Sciences (13-1, 4-1 CACC) dished out a season-high 22 assists for the second game in a row.
Ye paced all players with five to match her career-best for the second time in three contests.
Notably, Colleen Walsh's team-high three steals tied a career-best.
University of the Sciences is back at home this Saturday, Jan. 8 to host Felician at 1 p.m.