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Dominant Defensive Display at Chestnut Hill Leaves No. 10 Women’s Basketball Undefeated Heading into Christmas Holiday

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 10 University of the Sciences women's basketball will enter the Christmas holiday undefeated, as the Devils ran their season-opening win streak to eight games with a 66-31 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Chestnut Hill on Saturday afternoon.

USciences next plays Dec. 28 at No. 3 Bentley, setting up a potential top-10 showdown. 

After the first quarter ended tied at 10, University of the Sciences held the Griffins to just seven points in each of the final three quarters, while scoring at least 17 in each. 

The 31 points were the lowest by a Devils opponent since they held Wilmington to 29 in a win on Jan. 17, 2012.  

USciences held CHC to just 19.1 percent shooting (9-of-47), forced 25 Griffin turnovers, and blocked six shots.  

The six blocks were the Devils' most in over two years, since a Dec. 6, 2016 victory at Wilmington. 

University of the Sciences committed just five turnovers, tied for its fewest in the last two-plus seasons, leading to a 26-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

Offensively, Irisa Ye paced USciences with 19 points and six rebounds. She also had an assist, a block and a steal.  

Colleen Walsh was right behind her with a season-best 18 points of 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. 

Alex Thomas and Jess Huber each added nine, with Huber coming off the bench to hit 3-of-5 3-pointers to tie her season-high. 

Kendall Keyes also had a season-best with four points, while Mikaela Giuliani reached a new career-high with four assists, to go along with two blocks. 

Shannon May did a little bit of everything with four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 12 minutes off the bench.