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Bench Helps No. 9 Women’s Basketball Defeat Assumption for Second Win Over Regionally Ranked Team in Two Days

Bench Helps No. 9 Women’s Basketball Defeat Assumption for Second Win Over Regionally Ranked Team in Two Days

EASTON, Mass. – The No. 9 University of the Sciences women's basketball team defeated its second regionally-ranked team in as many days, holding off Assumption for a 63-54 victory at Stonehill's Paula Sullivan Court on Saturday afternoon. 

After the Greyhounds scored the first four points of the afternoon, USciences tallied eight in a row of its own and would lead the remainder of the contest.  

The Devils built a 15-9 lead after 10 minutes of play and were ahead by double digits, 19-9, after Taylor Hamm's layup 1:13 into the second quarter. 

Assumption (8-4) would stick around all afternoon, but the Greyhounds could never get closer than three. 

The first time they did so, 24-21 with 2:38 left in the first half, Jess Huber and Alex Thomas ended the half with a 3-pointer and a layup to put USciences on top 29-21 entering the half. 

Assumption also got within three points three separate time is in the third quarter, only to have Colleen Walsh nail back-to-back 3-pointers and Irisa Ye beat the buzzer with another to re-establish a 44-35 advantage with 10 minutes to play. 

Ye then opened the scoring 45 seconds into the fourth to give USciences its second double-digit lead of the afternoon, 46-35, and Assumption could not manage to make it a one-possession game down the stretch thanks in part to some clutch plays from Ye and the Devils bench.

Ye had eight of her game-high 19 points in the fourth. She also led University of the Sciences with six rebounds and added two assists and two steals.

Huber was the only other Devil in double figures with a season-best 11 in 17 minutes off the bench, leading a unit that outscored the Assumption bench 25-2. 

Shannon May and Brigit Coleman each scored five points, while Alyx McKiernan rounded out the total with four. 

For May, the total was a new career-high, while Coleman also grabbed four boards. 

Mikaela Giuliani also came off the bench to match Hamm with a team-best four assists, tying a career-high for both. 

Walsh did a little bit of everything with nine points, five rebounds, a career-best three steals and a block. 

Notably, Alex Thomas became the 10th player in program history to start 100 career games. 

She added five rebounds, as University of the Sciences outrebounded its opponent by at least 10 for the second day in a row, 38-28.  

The Devils wrap up its road-trip in Massachusetts with the final of three consecutive games against teams ranked in the top-10 of the East Region, playing its second nationally-ranked team on the road when it tips at No. 25 Stonehill tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.