The St. Thomas Aquinas College women's basketball team won it's sixth straight game, an 81-61 victory over Caldwell in a non-conference tilt at Aquinas Hall. The Spartans, ranked #25 in this week's D2SIDA National Poll, improve to 6-0 overall while Caldwell remained winless at 0-5.
Sarah Scerbak tallied eight points and Zaria Thomas struck from deep as STAC rode a 20-8 run to a 27-14 lead after one quarter. Caldwell battled back in the second frame as Tamrin Henderson's three-point play trimmed the gap to 35-29 with under four minutes to play in the half. Scerbak and Thomas took charge again, combining for all the scoring in a 10-0 run, but three free throws by Alessia Smaldone with under a second to go kept the Cougars within reach at 45-32 by intermission.
Missy Sadler's jumper opened a 51-35 gap early in the third, but Tina Lebron's red-hot shooting brought the visitors to within striking distance at 56-50 through three quarters. Thomas opened the final quarter with a trey and the Spartans pulled away in the final minutes to earn the hard-fought victory. Sadler led STAC with a game-high 22 points - her second straight game with that total - while Thomas added 14, Scerbak recorded 13 and Lexi Huertas chipped in 10. Lebron went 5-of-6 from deep to lead the Cougars with 19.
The Spartans return to action for another non-conference contest at Goldey-Beacom University on Tuesday, November 26, before returning home to face Bentley in a big regional showdown on Sunday, December 1 at 1:00 pm. They then begin East Coast Conference play with two straight at Aquinas Hall, hosting Roberts Wesleyan on Friday, December 13, and Daemen on Sunday, December 15.