PHILADELPHIA – The No. 16 University of the Sciences women's basketball team established a double-digit lead late in the second quarter, one it would hold on to throughout the entirety of the second half, en route to a 57-46 victory over New York Tech on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.
Jess Huber led the way, pouring in 20 of her career-best 28 points before break to help the Devils take a 35-24 advantage into the locker room.
She made 9-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-13 from beyond the arc, which proved to be a huge difference in the final outcome as USciences made 10 3-pointers compared to the Bears' five.
Irisa Ye was second on the team with 13 points, while leading University of the Sciences with six rebounds and game-highs of five assists and three steals, the former of which tied a career-best.
The two teams traded the first four baskets, but University of the Sciences would open the contest with four 3-pointers in the first 4:04 – three of which were by Huber – to establish an early 12-4 advantage.
That was part of an 11-point first quarter for Huber, which ended with the Devils on top 17-13.
New York Tech (5-4) cut the deficit to as close as three twice, including at 18-21 2: 18 into the second quarter, but again it was Huber scoring nine points in a 11-3 surge that ended when she nailed a triple to make the score 32-21 4:54 ahead of the break.
The Bears momentarily got within single digits on the next possession, but Kendall Keyes scored the final points of the half on a 3-pointer with 3:04 showing to re-establish the double-digit advantage, 35-24, at the break.
University of the Sciences' defense took over in the third quarter, allowing NYT to score just two points in the opening 6:46, which allowed the Devils to jump out to a game-high 46-26 lead on a Ye jumper with 3:37 to go in the period.
University of the Sciences is back at home tomorrow to host regionally-ranked and unbeaten Adelphi, a team receiving votes in both national polls, at 1 p.m.