Women's Game Recaps #32 - 1/8/19

• Tuesday’s spotlight was on the CACC with six games, three in each division, on the slate. The report kicks off with another near-upset of the region’s only undefeated team…

• Jessica Kaminski (22 points,8 rebounds, 7 assists) led four double digit scorers as Jefferson avoided an upset against crosstown rival Chestnut Hill, 91-86. The host Griffins rallied from a ten-point deficit after three periods (64-54) to snag a 75-74 lead with 4:16 to play after a Shannon Glenn basket. Caitlyn Cunningham (14 points, 7 boards) and Kaminski countered that with hoops to put the Rams ahead to stay (80-77, 2:57) and Jefferson sank 7-10 at the foul line in the final 54 seconds to complete their escape. The CACC South leaders led at the half, 39-37, but this was a tight one throughout. Beverly Kum (18 points, 7 caroms) and Sabrina Lytes (11 points) added depth to Jefferson’s cause and as a team they flourished at the stripe (23-31 FT; CHC 10-14 FT). Jaeda Wildgoose racked up a career-high 30 points (12-18 FG, 6-6 FT) and snagged 13 rebounds to pace Chestnut Hill with Cassie Sebold (17 points, 5-10 3FG), Lauren Crim (16 points, 7 boards) and Mary Trossi (10 points, 6 rebounds) also playing well. The Griffins had the better day from long-range (10-4 in 3FG’s) but are still in search of their first CACC win of the campaign.

Dominican strengthened its grip on first place in the CACC North thanks to a 70-65 win over Caldwell. A 9-0 run capped five fourth period lead changes and put the Chargers ahead to stay, 63-59, with 1:54 left. Jasmine Gee (26 points; 12-18 FG) had the last five points in the surge for DC, which never allowed the Cougars to have possession within a possession in the final two minutes. Korina Guerra (15 points, 5 picks) and Alpreshia Parker (14 points) supported Gee nicely for the Chargers in a game that didn’t see a lead for either team greater than eight points. Alessia Smaldone (19 points), Andie Lennon (16 points; 10-10 FT) and Tamrin Henderson (13 points, 7 caroms) collected the numbers for Caldwell, which led at the break (33-29) and after three frames (46-45) but couldn’t finish it off.

• Jordan Vitelli (20 points, 6 rebounds; 5-9 3FG) and Alex Thomas (14 points; 6-7 FG, 2-2 3FG) led the way as the University of the Sciences beat Georgian Court, 79-58, breaking a tie for second place in the CACC South. The Devils sped away in the second quarter, out-scoring the Lions 28-9 to take a 48-27 lead into the intermission. Vitelli ended the first quarter with a trey and she made two more in a 9-0 run to start the second stanza. Eventually Sciences put together an 18-3 spell (started by the late first quarter triple) and led 38-21, which proved more than GCU could cope with. Destiny Thompson (17 points), Carna Prokic (14 points) and Ivona Krakic (9 points, 10 caroms) led the Georgian Court attack but they were nowhere near staying with the Devils from three-point land (Sciences 12-28; GCU 5-17 3FG) and they turned the ball over twice as frequently (20-10), permitting the Devils to post a 21-8 edge in points-off-mistakes.

Felician jumped into second place in the CACC North via a 76-69 victory over Concordia in a game that featured thirteen ties and ten lead swaps and wasn’t decided until a 10-3 fourth quarter Golden Falcons run. The tilt was tied at 53 after three periods but Felician opened the final frame with a 10-3 run (63-56, 6:28) and never let it slip. The Clippers converted only two field goals in the fourth quarter (they did make 11 free throws), the first coming with 1:07 left, too late to turn things around. Bionca Chambers (19 points), Kameron Stone (14 points, 8 boards, 4 blocks), Kristin Smith (13 points, 9 rebounds) and Taliyah Brisco (12 points) shared the wealth for the winners, who won the glass by ten (45-35). Cameron Corbett (25 points; 6-9 FG, 13-14 FT) and Sara Hopkins (career-high 21 points) excelled for Concordia while Sabrina Clement grabbed a personal-high-tying 12 rebounds yet, despite that and an edge at the line (Concordia 23-25; Felician 11-16 FT), the Clippers lost for the seventh straight outing.

• Molly Masciantonio (24 points, 7 boards; 9-15 FG, 3-6 3FG) had a big game to lead Holy Family to a 67-63 decision over Goldey-Beacom, helping the Tigers push up the CACC South standings. This was another close contest (seven ties and seven lead changes) but a big third period proved ultimately decisive for HFU. The Lightning led at the break, 30-26, but an 11-3 surge midway through the third quarter gave Holy Family a lead they didn’t squander, 43-37 (3:09). An 8-0 spell in the fourth period extended the HFU margin to 61-50 (2:40) but GBC had one more run in them and grabbed the next seven points to slice the arrears to 61-57 with 59 ticks left. The Lightning came as close as three points twice thereafter but never had the ball with a chance to tie the game. Amanda McGrogan (24 points; 9-17 FG, 2-3 3FG), Sarah Round (13 points) and Tanner Turner-Rush (11 points, 8 caroms) had solid games for GBC in defeat. Holy Family was much more productive at the stripe (17-22; GBC 6-10 FT) and had good depth in the forms of Anjelai Hayes (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Casey Schweitzer (12 points) to help break the tape.

• The duo of Bobbi Floyd (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Deja McKenzie (16 points, 7 caroms) was enough to propel Bloomfield to a 60-57 CACC North win over Post, tightening the pack considerably in the division as a result. The Bears needed a comeback in the fourth quarter to prevail, as they trailed 53-47 with 5:48 after a Lauren Chambers trey for the Eagles. An 8-1 sprint put BC ahead, 55-54, at the 2:13 mark only to see a Melanie Polanco (11 points, 10 caroms) basket put Post ahead for the final time, 56-55 (1:19). Three single free throws sent Bloomfield ahead to stay and two more FT’s from Jaylah Bennett with five seconds left made it 60-57. Katelyn Canlas’ three-pointer to try and force overtime missed and the Bears had the result. Yet another tight game (ten ties and a dozen lead changes), this one featured a strange three-point split, as Bloomfield only took a pair of them (1-2 3FG) while Post shot a dreadful 4-26 from behind the arc. Sha’Raya Haines (13 points) and Gabriela Middleton (11 points) tossed in double figures for the Eagles to join Polanco in that territory.