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No. 9 Women’s Basketball Defeats Second Nationally-Ranked Team in Three Days, Winning 80-75 at No. 25 Stonehill

No. 9 Women’s Basketball Defeats Second Nationally-Ranked Team in Three Days, Winning 80-75 at No. 25 Stonehill

EASTON, Mass. – Playing its third game in less than 48 hours, the No. 9 University of the Sciences women's basketball team defeated its second nationally-ranked team on the road in three days, beating No. 25 Stonehill 80-75 in a rematch of last season's NCAA East Region Final on Sunday afternoon at Paula Sullivan Court. 

The Devils end their Massachusetts road trip 3-0, having defeated three teams ranked in the top-10 of the East Region. 

USciences (11-0) will look to make it 4-for-4 when it returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Thursday, Jan. 3, opening the New Year with a 6 p.m. tip at undefeated No. 13 Jefferson (12-0).

Irisa Ye and Alex Thomas led the way, combining for 53 points, 38 of which came in the second half. 

Ye poured in 26 of her career-high 32 points - in 27 minutes - after the break to seal up Stonehill Holiday Tournament MVP (or as her teammates call it: M-V-Ye) after scoring a game-high 19 points yesterday. The sophomore made 9-of-12 field goals, both of her 3-point attempts and all 12 of her free throw attempts, and also tied her career-best with three steals. 

Thomas shot 8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-6 3-pointers, en route to 21 points and All-Tournament honors. 

The senior moved into fourth in program history, ending the afternoon with 1,466 career points. 

Jess Huber came off the bench to make 3-of-5 3-pointers to finish third on the team with nine points. 

Jordan Vitelli added seven points and led University of the Sciences with seven rebounds and three assists, the former of which was one shy of a career-best. 

USciences took the largest lead of the afternoon, 29-20, four and a half minutes into the second quarter after back-to-back Thomas and Huber 3-poiners capped 10 unanswered. 

Stonehill (10-3) scored the next seven points though, eventually coming back to even the score at 33 entering the half. 

Ye opened the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, and University of the Sciences would never trail in the second half. 

The third quarter featured just two ties, the second one coming at 43-43 with 6:55 on the clock. 

A Huber 3-pointer put the Devils on top 56-48 with 2:45 left in the third and despite Stonehill cutting the deficit to three points twice late in the quarter, Ye beat the buzzer to make the score 60-55 with 10 minutes to play.  

Thomas then made the first two baskets of the fourth to match the largest lead of the afternoon, 64-55, and the Skyhawks could never make it a one possession game down the stretch. 

University of the Sciences made sure of that by making 8-of-10 free throws in the final 44 seconds.