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No. 8 Women’s Basketball Defeats Concordia 82-46 to Clinch Ninth Consecutive CACC Tournament Appearance

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 8 University of the Sciences women's basketball team clinched its ninth consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament appearance with an 82-46 victory over Concordia on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

The victory extended USciences' (22-1, 13-1 CACC) win streak to 11, matching the Devils' season-opening win streak. 

USciences held Concordia scoreless for the first 5:38, scoring contest's first 13 points, and the Devils would go on to take a first-half-high 27-10 advantage into the second quarter after Kendall Keyes beat the first quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer.

The Clippers fought all the way back to get within six, 26-32, 3:23 ahead of the halftime break, but University of the Sciences would score the final nine points of the quarter. 

Alex Thomas began the surge with a jumper and after back-to-back baskets by Keyes, Jordan Vitelli beat the halftime buzzer to make the score 41-26. 

The Devils then scored the first eight points of the second half, which included 3-pointers by Thomas and Colleen Walsh, to cap 17 unanswered. 

Keyes surpassed her season-high in scoring in the first half with 10 points, en route to tying Alex Thomas with a game-high 15 points. The freshman made 6-of-8 field goals and 3-of-4 3-pointers, and also tied her season-highs with three rebounds and two assists. 

Colleen Walsh (4-of-9 3-pointers) and Irisa Ye were also in double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as all 14 Devils to play scored.

Ye also led all players with five assists, tying her career-best, while Taylor Hamm pulled down a game-high nine boards to fall one shy of her season-best. 

Mikaela Giuliani tied her career-high with four assists, while Juliana Gura (four points, four rebounds) and Micah Morgan (two assists, two rebounds) both set new season-bests off the bench. 

As a team, University of the Sciences tied its season-high with 14 3-pointers and fell one assist shy of a season-best with 21. 

USciences shot over 50.0 percent (30-of-59), while limiting Concordia to 25.9 percent shooting (15-of-58), and the Devils outrebounded the Clippers 45-33. 

University of the Sciences stays within the city to travel to Holy Family for a 5:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Feb. 13.