PHILADELPHIA – Jackie Hartzell became the program's all-time winningest head coach in style, as the No. 17 USciences women's basketball team dominated a second straight nationally-ranked opponent, leading No. 19 Le Moyne wire-to-wire in a 71-51 triumph over the Dolphins at Bobby Morgan Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Hartzell's 138th career win two games into her seventh season surpasses the previous record held by Nate Ware (2001-09).
Her team led wire-to-wire after Jess Huber opened the scoring with a 3-pointer just 38 seconds into the action.
The Devils took a double-digit lead for good when Huber made another trifecta with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter, and the advantage was 20+ for the final 18:59 after Jordan Vitelli made the first of two straight triples 1:01 out of the locker room.
The advantage ballooned to as large as 30, 59-29, when Irisa Ye opened the fourth quarter scoring with a layup 15 seconds in.
Huber, Vitelli and Ye were all in double-figures, with Huber leading the way with a career-high 23 on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Ye and Vitelli also shot over 50 percent en route to their 14 and 10 points, respectively, as USciences shot 57.8 percent as a team (26-of-45) for its highest field goal percentage since shooting 63.6 percent (28-of-44) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Semifinal win over Bloomfield on March 4, 2017.
The Devils did this while limiting Le Moyne to just 34.0 percent shooting (17-of-50), including just 1-of-14 (7.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Ye fell one rebound shy of her first career double-double with both a game and career-high nine boards.
Mikaela Giuliani led all players in assists for the second night in a row with six, while also adding a game-high two blocks.
University of the Sciences hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Bloomsburg for a 5:30 p.m. tip this Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m.