LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The No. 8/9 Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball team (23-2, 14-2 CACC) succumbed to a furious fourth quarter rally by Georgian Court (11-13, 11-5 CACC) as the Lions shocked the Rams, 74-73 on Tuesday night.
The Rams are ranked eighth in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll and they are ninth in the D2SIDA Media Poll.
Jefferson started off hot, jumping out to an 11-2 lead over the opening four minutes. The Rams continued to increase their advantage over the rest of the period and were ahead 29-14 after one. Jefferson had a 33-14 edge in the second before Georgian Court began to cut into the deficit. The Lions went on an 18-4 run to trail by five (37-32) with 2:48 on the clock. The Rams were up 40-36 at halftime.
In the third, Jefferson opened with 12 of the first 14 points to up the margin to 14 (52-38). The two squads played even basketball for the remainder of the stanza and the Rams took a 61-47 cushion into the fourth. Jefferson was ahead 67-56 with 4:23 to go and that's when the Lions began their comeback. GCU hit back-to-back threes to get within five. A trio of foul shots put the Rams up eight. The teams traded jump shots and the score was 72-64 (2:40). A layup and three-pointer by Georgian Court closed the gap to three with 1:48 left. The Lions got a layup at the 34 second mark to make it a one-point game. Jefferson converted a free throw to go ahead by two with 13 ticks remaining. GCU senior Carna Prokic then hit the go-ahead three-pointer from the right corner with one second on the clock and the Rams' final desperation play did not come to fruition.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Jessica Kaminski tallied a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
- Junior Alynna Williams recorded 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
- Sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham posted a school-record 12 steals to go along with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.
- Senior Beverly Kum notched a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 35.8% (24-of-67) from the field, 35.7% (5-of-14) from three-point range and 80.0% (20-of-25) from the charity stripe.
- Jefferson forced 25 GCU turnovers and converted them into 19 points.
- Cunningham's 12 steals are the highest by a Division II player this season and are tied for the most by any player across all NCAA divisions.
Jefferson wraps up its three-game trip on Saturday, February 23 at Bloomfield. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Rams defeated the Bears twice in 2017-18, both at home. Jefferson won 68-56 during the regular season and 79-67 in the CACC semifinals.