PHILADELPHIA – The No. 9 University of the Sciences women's basketball team overcame its second straight double-digit first quarter deficit, coming back from eight down at the half behind a 23-12 third quarter to overcome Goldey-Beacom in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday evening.
Trailing 25-17 at the break, Jordan Vitelli sparked the strong third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, only to have the Lightning answer with seven of the next nine points to regain a seven-point advantage, 32-25, with 5:57 to go in the period.
USciences (17-1, 8-1 CACC) would score the next 10 points though, taking the lead for good. Four different Devils scored in the stretch, with Jess Huber and Alex Thomas closing it out with back-to-back triples, the second making the score 35-32 with 2:37 showing.
Twice Goldey-Beacom got as close as one, including at 37-38 58 seconds ahead of the fourth quarter, but Irisa Ye made two free throws to put University of the Sciences ahead three with 10 minutes to play.
Ye then made the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to give the Devils a seven-point cushion, but again the Lightning fought their way back into it with a 3-pointer at the 4:14 mark making it a two-point game, 47-45.
USciences finally put the game away with six straight points, including 4-of-4 free throws that began a stretch in which USciences made 11-of-12 over the final 2:56 to assure Goldey-Beacom could not come back.
University of the Sciences was outshot by GBC, but the Devils made 19-of-22 free throws (86.4 percent), compared to just 3-of-5 for the Lightning. USciences also forced 23 turnovers, which led to 21 points.
Ye had a career-high four steals herself as she stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. The 20 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter, four steals and career-best two blocks led all players.
Vitelli was the only other Devil in double-figures with 14 points.
Thomas neared her second career double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
University of the Sciences takes nearly a week off before traveling to Caldwell for a 7:30 pm tip next Monday, Jan. 28.