PHILADELPHIA – 10 straight points between the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth helped the No. 24 University of the Sciences women's basketball team pull away from Jefferson in a 60-44 victory – the Devils' sixth straight - at Bobby Morgan Arena on Wednesday evening.
After the Rams had cut what at the time was a game-high 12-point deficit to just six with six unanswered entering the final minute of the third, Jess Huber closed the penultimate period with a 3-pointer to put USciences on top 40-31 entering the fourth.
Irisa Ye and Huber then opened the final quarter with back-to-back baskets, before Jordan Vitelli's 3-pointer 2:09 into the fourth completed the stretch to give the Devils a double-digit advantage for good.
The stretch was part of period in which University of the Sciences held Jefferson without a field goal for 6:49.
USciences (12-3) held the Rams to just 26.5 percent shooting (13-of-49) on the evening, highlighted by four Mikaela Giuliani blocks, and the Devils held a commanding 44-26 edge on the glass behind a new season-high in rebounding.
Taylor Hamm tied a career-best by grabbing a game-high 10 boards, while also leading University of the Sciences with four assists in just 18 minutes.
Ye and Huber also had four assists, while pacing all players with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Vitelli was also in double-figures with 10 points, to go along with eight rebounds.
Harlem Jennings was the Devils' next leading scorer with six points, all coming in a crucial stretch at the end of the first half.
University of the Sciences held two five-point leads in a low-scoring opening 20 minutes. The Devils first scored seven of the first nine points and after three ties and three lead changes, they broke a 16-16 deadlock with a 9-4 surge over the final 3:46.
Jennings sparked it with the first four points and after the two teams traded the next three baskets, she made yet another basket 23 seconds ahead of the break.
With Jefferson holding for the final shot, Ye stole the ball and drove the length of the court before being fouled in the final second, where she would make a free throw to put USciences on top 25-20 entering the locker room.
It looked like the Devils might pull away when they scored the first eight points of the second half to establish the game's first lead of more than two possessions, which reached as high as 13 and was still 12, 37-25, after a Vitelli layup with 2:49 showing on the third quarter clock, but the Rams made it a two-possession game one final time with the six unanswered.
University of the Sciences returns to the road to take on Bloomfield this Saturday at 1 p.m.