PHILADELPHIA – Aside from one tie for 16 seconds, the No. 17 University of the Sciences women's basketball team led wire-to-wire, including by double-digits for the final 33:48, in a commanding 54-40 win over No. 25 Bentley in the Devils' season-opener at Bobby Morgan Arena on Friday evening.
Irisa Ye opened the scoring 1:02 in and after the Falcons knotted up the score 16 seconds later, Ye's 3-pointer with 8:32 remaining in the first quarter gave USciences the lead for good.
That advantage stretched to 10, 16-6, on Jordan Vitelli's jumper at the 3:48 mark of the first quarter and would remain in double-digits the remainder of the evening.
University of the Sciences led 18-6 after 10 minutes of play, and the lead ballooned to as large as 19, 26-7, when Kendall Keyes hit a 3-pointer with 6:42 to go in the half.
The Devils led by 14 at both the break, 28-14, and after three quarters of play, 39-25.
University of the Sciences' defense limited Bentley to just 30.2 percent shooting (13-of-43) and forced 22 Falcons turnovers.
The Devils assisted 16 of its 18 baskets, highlighted by Mikaela Giuliani dishing out a game and career-high seven in just 16 minutes.
Ye led all players with 20 points and three steals, with Jess Huber also finishing in double-figures with 11 points and Vitelli contributing eight.
Brigit Coleman also had three steals, a new career-high, while tying her career-best nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
University of the Sciences shot 9-of-22 from 3-point range, 40.9 percent, while limiting Bentley to just 15.8 percent (3-of-19).
The Devils will host a nationally-ranked opponent for the second day in a row when they take on Le Moyne tomorrow at 2 p.m.