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No. 5 Women’s Basketball Extends Win Streak to Season-Long 12 Games with 65-52 Victory at Holy Family

No. 5 Women’s Basketball Extends Win Streak to Season-Long 12 Games with 65-52 Victory at Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 5 University of the Sciences basketball team extended its season-long win streak to a season-long 12 games, building a double-digit halftime lead late in the second quarter for an eventual 65-52 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Holy Family on Wednesday evening. 

The 12th straight victory surpassed the Devils' season-opening 11-game win streak. 

Senior Alex Thomas turned in a career performance, leading all players with a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double. She shot 13-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while also leading USciences with a career-best six assists without a turnover.

 That shooting performance lifted University of the Sciences to 51.9 percent from the field on the night, 27-of-52, while the Devils limited Holy Family to just 39.6 percent (19-of-48). 

USciences (23-1, 14-1 CACC) tied its season-high with 22 assists and committed just eight turnovers, tied for its second-fewest this season. 

Colleen Walsh was second on the Devils with four assists, while senior Alyx McKiernan joined Thomas in tying her career-best, with three.

Irisa Ye was University of the Sciences' second-leading scorer with nine points, while Kendall Keyes added eight in 13 minutes off the bench. 

After falling behind by five early, 5-10 less than four minutes into the action, USciences scored six straight on a Ye three-point play and a Walsh 3-pointer over the next minute.

Holy Family answered with a basket, but Thomas came right back with a 3-pointer at the 4:19 mark to put the Devils on top for good, 14-12. 

The Tigers got as close as two with five straight points to make the score 23-21 with 6:19 to play in the first half, and the score was still within three, 28-25, entering the final minute and a half of the second quarter. 

A Shannon May jumper sparked seven straight points over the final 1:17 of the period though, which Thomas and Keyes capped with a layup and a 3-pointer to put USciences ahead 35-25 at the break, and Holy Family could not make it a two-possession game in the second half. 

University of the Sciences is back at home to host Nyack at 1 p.m. this Saturday.