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No. 11 Women’s Basketball Shakes Off Slow Start; Uses Big Second Quarter for Comeback Win at Post

No. 11 Women’s Basketball Shakes Off Slow Start; Uses Big Second Quarter for Comeback Win at Post

WATERBURY, Conn. – The No. 11 University of the Sciences women's basketball team trailed by as many as 11 in the first quarter, before outscoring Post by 11 in the second quarter and pulling away in the third for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) comeback win over the Eagles on Saturday afternoon. 

USciences' first quarter double-digit deficit, 14-25, came with 1:39 remaining in the opening period. 

Jess Huber was the sparkplug that got the Devils back into it, nailing back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the advantage to six, 20-26, entering the second quarter. 

University of the Sciences (16-1, 7-1 CACC) scored first 11 of the first 13 points in the second to regain the lead, with an Alex Thomas 3-pointer capping a 16-3 surge to make the score 31-28 4:44 ahead of the half. 

Post hit back-to-back 3-pointers to momentarily take back the lead, 34-33, 1:04 later before the Devils scored the final six points of the half, including a Kendall Keyes triple and a Taylor Hamm layup.

University of the Sciences would lead the rest of the afternoon, with the Eagles making it a one-possession game just once in the second half with a 3-pointer just four seconds into the third quarter. 

Irisa Ye answered with back-to-back baskets and after Post got within four, 43-39, Colleen Walsh scored 10 straight USciences points to give the Devils their first double-digit advantage, 56-45, with 2:37 to play in the third. 

The Eagles would manage to get no closer than eight from there on out, as Walsh was one of four Devils to score in double-figures on the afternoon, scoring all 14 of her points in the second half. 

The senior made 3-of-6 3-pointers to become just the third player in program history to make 200. 

Thomas made 4-of-7 herself as she led all players with 22 points. With nine made field goals, she moved into sixth in the program's annals with 545 for her career.  

Huber also made 3-of-6 3-pointers en route to a season-high 13 points, and the sophomore also tied for the team lead with a career-best four assists. 

University of the Sciences made 12-of-23 3-pointers as a team, 52.2 percent, for its best 3-point percentage in over a year, when the Devils made 61.1 percent (11-of-18) in a win over Jefferson last Jan. 6. 

USciences' 53.7 field goal percentage (29-of-54) was also its second-highest of the season.

Ye contributed to that in a large way by making all seven of her field goal attempts for 16 points in 21 minutes. 

Hamm also had four assists, tying her season-best, while she also led all players with nine rebounds. 

University of the Sciences returns home to host Goldey-Beacom this Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m.