Women’s team breaks out of slump with 53-point win

On Saturday, the Waynesburg University women’s basketball team picked up its second Presidents’ Athletic Conference win this year at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, easily beating Thiel, 93-40.


Waynesburg [3-13, 2-5] opened up the game by going on an 8-0 run, and eventually extend the lead to 23-7 after one quarter..


Coach Sam Jones said he was pleased with the quick start despite going against a team that hasn’t won a game all year.


“We didn’t look at who our opponent was today,” Jones said. “We just knew that we wanted to get off to a fast start,offensively and defensively.”


The Jackets lead would continue to grow as they would be up  49-21 over the Tomcats [0-15, 0-7] at halftime.


Coming out in the second half, the Jackets would show their defensive skills in the third quarter, holding Thiel to only six total points, as Waynesburg would put together a 21-6 quarter to extend the lead to 70-27 after three. Once again, the Jackets would outscore Thiel in the final quarter 23-13 to cap off a 93-40 win. 


Waynesburg’s offensive explosion was led by senior guard Alli DeLaney, who put together a game-high 20 points on 9-15 shooting. She also pulled down eight rebounds and added three steals.


“I’ve just been more confident in my scoring these past few games,” DeLaney said. “Getting a win like this today is a big confidence booster for us, it shows what we can do in games and this will be a game that helps us down the stretch the rest of the season.”


Waynesburg also had a season-high in the rebounding category compared to the rest of the PAC schedule so far pulling down a total of 67 rebounds.


Delaney was one of four players that ended their afternoon in double figures. Sophomore forward Brooke Fuller picked up a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Erin Joyce ended her night with coming close to picking up a triple – double, scoring 10 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a game-high seven assists.


“In this game we were glad to get our guards going in the game.” Jones said. “We know we can’t get all of our points from in the paint so I’m glad that we got them going early and often thought the game.”


Also contributing to the win were sophomore guard Kacey Kastroll and freshman Leighton Croft, with them scoring 14 and 11 points respectively off of the bench. Junior forward Andrea Orlosky grabbed 10 rebounds.


The Jackets return to competition at 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Wednesday evening.