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No. 5 Women’s Basketball Ties Last Season’s Program Record for Regular Seasons Victories with 55-39 Win at Wilmington

No. 5 Women’s Basketball Ties Last Season’s Program Record for Regular Seasons Victories with 55-39 Win at Wilmington

NEWARK, Del. – The No. 5 University of the Sciences women's basketball team tied last season's program record for regular season victories with a 55-39 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win at Wilmington on Tuesday evening. 

The Devils' (25-1, 16-1 CACC) 25th victory comes with two regular season games remaining, the first of which takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Goldey-Beacom.  

USciences relied heavily on its defense on Tuesday night, holding Wilmington to just 29.8 percent shooting (17-of-57), while also outrebounding the Wildcats 50-36 to tie its season-best. 

The Devils' also had 50 boards the first two times these teams met on Jan. 16, their first 50-rebound game in nearly five years. 

Alex Thomas and Jordan Vitelli both set or tied a career-high with 13 and nine boards, respectively, with Taylor Hamm adding eight. 

Irisa Ye paced the offense with 15 points, while Jess Huber came off the bench to 10. 

Notably, Colleen Walsh became the program's all-time leader in games played with her 125th career apperance. 

University of the Sciences scored the first four points and outside of one tie, 7-7 with 5:16 showing on the first quarter clock, the Devils would lead throughout.  

The Wildcats did get as close as two four times, closing the first quarter with two free throws to make the score 13-11 and remaining within two, 19-17, with five minutes remaining in the first half. 

USciences would close the first on a 12-2 surge though, adding the first four points of the third quarter to cap 14 unanswered and establish a 16-point advantage, 36-19, 3:17 into the second half.   

By the time the Wilmington scored its first points the third quarter at the 5:25 mark, 7:52 of game-time had elapsed, and the Wildcats could not get closer than nine points down the stretch. 

Huber keyed the stretch with seven of the final nine points of the first half, hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send University of the Sciences into the locker room with a 31-19 lead