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No. 10 Women’s Basketball Dominates Third Quarter; Pulls Away from Holy Family in CACC Opener

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – Hours after entering the top 10 of the national rankings for the first time in program history, the No. 10 University of the Sciences women's basketball team used a dominating third quarter to pull away from Holy Family in its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener on Tuesday evening at Bobby Morang Arena. 

The Devils outscored the Tigers 20-6 in the period en route to a 63-39 victory for their seventh consecutive win to open the season. 

Ahead just 26-20 at the half, and 26-22 after Holy Family scored the first basket of the third quarter, Taylor Hamm and Irisa Ye combined to score to 11 straight points. 

After the two traded back-to-back layups, Hamm converted a 3-point play for the first double-digit lead, 33-22, of the evening with 5:57 to go in the quarter. 

The freshman then recorded a steal on the defensive end and converted yet another layup on offense, before registering yet another steal that led to a Ye jumper to make the score 37-22 1:07 later. 

Jordan Vitelli put the final touches on the dominating third, draining a 3-pointer with 1:24 showing left before making two free throws with just one second left for a 46-26 advantage entering the fourth. 

Vitelli led all players with 17 points in 22 minutes, which included making 5-of-9 3-pointers. She added five rebounds and a steal. 

Ye was right behind her with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. She was big in establishing USciences' lead in the first half, where she scored 12 of her points. 

Hamm joined them in double figures with 11 points, all of which came in the second half, and she had four rebounds and two steals. 

Mikaela Giuliani finished with game-highs of a career-best three assists and two steals, as well as a block. 

Holy Family actually slightly outshot University of the Sciences, 42.5-41.8 percent, but the Devils forced 21 Tigers turnovers while only committing 10, leading to a 24-8 edge in points off turnovers.  

USciences' 14 steals were its most in a game in nearly three years, when the Devils had 14 against Chowan on Dec. 30, 2015. 

University of the Sciences also had made more 3-pointers, 7-3, and free throws, 10-2. 

USciences plays its last game prior to the Christmas holiday this Saturday at Chestnut Hill, with the tip set for 1 p.m.