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No. 5 Women’s Basketball Clinches Third Straight CACC South Title with 70-49 Win at Goldey-Beacom

No. 5 Women’s Basketball Clinches Third Straight CACC South Title with 70-49 Win at Goldey-Beacom

WILMINGTON, Del. – The No. 5 University of the Sciences women's basketball team clinched at least a share of its third consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South Division title, the Devils' fourth title in the last five years, with a 70-49 win at Goldey-Beacom on Saturday afternoon. 

USciences (26-1, 17-1 CACC) can clinch the outright title with a victory over Chestnut Hill next Saturday, when it hosts the Griffins at 1 p.m. Prior to tip, the Devils will honors Marissa Sylvester, Alex Thomas, Hadiya Tucker, Micah Morgan, Colleen Walsh and Alyx McKiernan as part of Senior Day. 

In addition to the title, today's win also made history as University of the Sciences broke last season's program record with its 26th regular season victory.  

Goldey-Beacom did however scored eight of the afternoon's first 10 points, and the Lightning were ahead 17-12 entering the final three minutes of the first quarter. 

Jordan Vitelli and Jess Huber would hit back-to-back 3-pointers though, and Huber then closed out the first with yet another triple to put USciences on top 21-17 after 10 minutes of play. 

Kendall Keyes then opened the second with a trifecta of her own 11 seconds in to put an exclamation point on 12 unanswered.

Ahead 27-22 midway through the period, again it was the Devils using the 3-point shot as back-to-back triples by Thomas and Keyes produced the game's first double-digit lead, 33-22, with 3:52 left in the half.  

Trading points over the next couple of minutes, a Huber jumper made the score 41-28 entering the final minute of the half and after a Lightning layup, Thomas closed the half out with a basket for a 43-30 advantage at the break. 

The Devils would then score the first six points out of the locker room, holding Goldey-Beacom scoreless for the first 5:12 of the second half to put the game away.

Thomas led University of the Sciences with 16 points and fell one rebound shy of her fourth career double-double with a game-high nine boards. 

Ye joined Thomas in double-figures with 13 points, and the two each had a team-best four assists. 

Huber came off the bench to score 11 points, while Keyes added eight to key USciences' 26-7 edge in bench points. 

Walsh also had eight points.

Doing a little bit of everything was reigning CACC Defensive Player of the Week Mikaela Giuliani, who had seven rebounds, career-highs of five blocks and three steals, three assists and two points.