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No. 4 Women’s Basketball’s Program-Trying 18th Straight Win, 70-54 Over Georgian Court, Advances Devils to Third Consecutive CACC Championship Game

No. 4 Women’s Basketball’s Program-Trying 18th Straight Win, 70-54 Over Georgian Court, Advances Devils to Third Consecutive CACC Championship Game

CALDWELL, N.J. – The No. 4 University of the Sciences women's basketball team tied last season's program-record 18-game win streak, defeating Georgian Court 70-54 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Semifinals on Saturday evening at Caldwell University to advance to its third consecutive CACC Championship Game.

University of the Sciences can become the first women's basketball program in the league's Division II era to win three consecutive CACC Championships when it takes on No. 13/23 Jefferson tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Caldwell. 

Irisa Ye and Jordan Vitelli each made 6-of-6 free throws en route to 22 and 14 points respectively, the game's two-highest point totals, as USciences made 15-of-16 free throw attempts as a team. 

Ye's six free throws gave her 115 this season, now 10th in the program's single-season history. She also made 8-of-13 field goals for her ninth 20-point effort this season. 

Alex Thomas was also in double-figures with 11 points, while leading University of the Sciences with seven rebounds. 

Her five made field goals gave her 615 for her career, now fourth in program history, and the senior now has 62 3-pointers this season, tied for seventh in the program's single-season annals. 

Jess Huber and Alyx McKiernan added 10 and seven points off the bench, respectively.  

Mikaela Giuliani came off the bench to record five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one point and one block. She is now tied for ninth in the program's single-season history with 41 rejections. 

In addition to making more than double the number of free throws as Georgian Court, 15-7, University of the Sciences also outshot the Lions 44.6 percent to 36.7 percent.  

USciences did trail for the first four and a half minutes of action, but the Devils would close the first quarter with the final nine points and open the second with the first seven. 

University of the Sciences held Georgian Court scoreless for 6:07 in the stretch, which began with two points by both McKiernan and Vitelli sandwiching five Huber points to make the score 20-11 after 10 minutes. 

Ye then began the second quarter with four straight points, before Colleen Walsh's 3-pointer 2:09 in the period put the Devils on top 27-11. 

University of the Sciences would hold on to that 16-point advantage heading into the break as Ye Closed the half with a layup.

Georgian Court got as close as nine in the second half, 50-41 with 2:24 showing in the third quarter, but USciences closed the period strong with Vitelli scoring five of the Devils' 10 points over the final 2:04 for a 60-45 lead with 10 minutes to play.