PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences used prolific three-point shooting and stifling defense to earn a 73-39 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena. USciences (19-5, 12-3 CACC) is ranked No. 7 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers poll
Felician (6-16, 5-10) fell 1 ½ games behind Concordia (N.Y.) College for fourth place, and the final playoff berth, in the CACC North Division with four games remaining. Concordia, a home victor over Philadelphia University on Saturday, travels to Rutherford to face the Golden Falcons on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Devil junior guard Sarah Abbonizio (West Chester, Pa.) led all players with 16 points and five assists and teammate Alex Thomas (Hockessin, Del.) turned in 15 points and five assists. Freshman center Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J.) paced Felician with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The lead changed hands four times in the opening period before USciences emerged with a 24-16 lead. The Devils' points in the quarter came on 8-for-14 shooting from three-point range. With their team ahead, 18-16, the Devils received threes on consecutive possessions from Abbonizio and Colleen Walsh (Downingtown, Pa.) (11 points, 4-5 FG) before both offenses came up empty for the final 2 ½ minutes.
USciences tallied the first five points of the second quarter to make it an 11-0 run spanning the break. The Devils were ahead by as many as 15 before entering the locker room ahead, 42-28.
Felician was then limited to 11 points the rest of the afternoon. USciences outscored the Golden Falcons, 17-2, in the third quarter, with the visitors shooting 1 for 13 from the floor. The Devils closed the period with a 59-30 edge, and the final 34-point margin matched their largest of the day.
Felician shot 30 percent from the field, including 18 percent (5 for 28) after halftime. The Golden Falcons sunk only 4 of 18 shots from distance. The Devils, meanwhile, converted at a 49 percent clip from the field, canning 45 percent of their three-point attempts (13 for 29).