WINTER PARK, Fla. – The No. 12 University of the Sciences women's basketball team won the Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament with a 60-52 victory over the host on Saturday afternoon.
Tied at 10 entering the final minutes of the first, USciences closed the quarter with the final 10 points, nine of which were by Jordan Vitelli on three consecutive 3-pointrs.
Shannon May then made a free throw with just two seconds left for what was the largest lead of the first half.
Rollins came back with first six points of the second quarter and even got as close as one, 23-22, on a layup with 4:18 to go, but the Devils closed the first half on a 9-2 surge, once again sparked by Vitelli.
She made back-to-back layups and then after a Rollins basket, she converted a 3-point play, before Irisa Ye beat the buzzer to re-establish a 32-24 advantage at the break.
Rollins scored the first two points of the second half, but after Alex Thomas and Vitelli answered with back-to-back baskets for another double-digit lead, the Tars were never able to make it a two-possession game again.
Vitelli scored her game-high 23 points in just 22 minutes. She was efficient in all aspects, making 7-of-11 field goals, 4-of-8 3-pointers and all five of her free throw attempts.
3-pointers were the difference on the afternoon, with University of the Sciences making eight compared to Rollins' one. Both teams made 18 field goals.
The Devils also made 82 percent from the free throw line (18-of-22), compared to the Tars' 61 percent (11-of-18).
Ye made seven of those free throws en route to matching her career-best of 20 points for the third game in a row.
Thomas made all four of her free throw attempts, as she was also in double figures with 12.
University of the Sciences wraps up a four-game stretch away from home with a 7 p.m. tip at Shippensburg on Wednesday, Nov. 28.