Jess Kaminski a key to magical season for Jefferson 

Matt Leon
January 16, 2019 - 12:01 pm
Jefferson University senior guard Jessica Kaminski

Tom Weishaar


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are only six undefeated teams left in the country in NCAA Division II women's basketball. 

One of them is right here in Philadelphia.

The Jefferson University Rams are 17-0 and ranked as high as fifth (tied) nationally in Division II. Their latest win was a 77-54 dismissal of Post University on Saturday at the Gallagher Center.

The Rams have about as good a starting five as can be found in the country, and leading that group is redshirt senior guard Jess Kaminski.

An Archbishop Wood High School product, Kaminski leads the Rams in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) and she is second in assists (3.6 apg).

"It's been a lot of fun," Kaminski said of the season so far. "I think everybody's playing as well as they can, as far as I've seen. I hope we keep winning."

Kaminski is truly about as versatile a player as there is. For proof, look no further than her career numbers. She needs 113 points to move into 10th place in Jefferson's all-time points list. After she does that, she will become the only player to be top 10 all-time in program history in points, rebounds (currently 9th with 773), assists (currently 10th with 375) and steals (currently 7th with 207).  

The 5'8" Kaminski's game is keyed by an ability to get to the basket almost at will, resulting in a lot of lay-ups and free throws. But she says her emergence as such an offensive threat has been a process.

"Coach (Tom Shirley) has always, since my first year, been in my ear saying, 'You can score whenever you want. You can score whenever you want,'" she said. "My redshirt freshman year, we were really good, and we had all seniors pretty much on our team. And I was just like a fifth person that was just out there to rebound and assist, so I didn't really score much. But then the next year after that, I realized I could score a lot more than I did the previous year, so I just started to and just been scoring more and more each year and improving my game."

Making the basketball success even more special for Kaminski is the fact that she is having it with some of her best friends.

"I just think this is the closest team we've had in the five years that I've been here," she said. "We're all like best friends, we're just as close as we've ever been, and I think that really shows on the court as well as off the court."

Kaminski and the Rams return to action on Wednesday night with a home game against Georgian Court.

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