WINTER PARK, Fla. – The No. 12 University of the Sciences women's basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament behind a dominant 18-6 second quarter, as the Devils defeated Hillsdale – a 2018 NCAA Tournament team – on Friday afternoon.
USciences (4-0) will take on the host tomorrow at 2 p.m.
After a competitive first quarter in which neither team led by more than four, the game was still within two points with University of the Sciences up 27-25 with 7:17 left in the second.
The Devils made their move there, with a Jordan Vitelli 3-pointer 14 seconds later sparking of a run of 14 unanswered over the final 5:03 to end the half.
McKiernan then ended the half with a layup to put USciences ahead 41-25 heading into the locker room.
An Irisa Ye layup 36 seconds into the second half made it 16 straight, and Hillsdale never got closer than 12.
Ye was one of two Devils to score at least 20 points, joining Thomas.
Thomas poured in a game-high 24, which included 5-of-6 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws. She led the Devils with three assists and two steals, and was second on the team with five rebounds.
Notably, with seven made field goals, she moved into seventh in program history with 483 for her career.
Ye scored her 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, tying her career-best for the second game in a row.
McKiernan also set a career-high with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 3-poiners. She added two rebounds and two assists.
University of the Sciences made 12-of-29 3-pointers (41.4 percent), and held Hillsdale to 19-of-52 shooting (36.5).
Mikaela Giuliani pulled down a team-best six rebounds.
Walsh and Jess Huber (career-high) both had three assists and multiple rebounds, as well as six and four points, respectively.