Lady Rams slip past Chestnut Hill, 63-57

Samantha Morris
Samantha Morris

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Four Lady Rams scored in double-figures as the Philadelphia University women's basketball team defeated Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Chestnut Hill College, 63-57, Monday night at Sorgenti Arena.

Christine Wooding led Philadelphia (12-4, 7-1 CACC) with 18 points, a game-high, and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Kristen Blye netted 12 points. Samantha Morris and Taylor Peltzer both added 11 points. Peltzer, who also grabbed six rebounds, scored all of her points in the second half.

Chestnut Hill (2-13, 1-7 CACC) got a 12-point, 12-rebound night from Ebony Washington in a reserve role. Aiesha Smith scored 12 points, while Olivia Gorczynski added 11 points.

Philadelphia held a slight shooting edge, 39.0 percent (23-of-59) to 36.5 percent (23-of-63). Chestnut Hill was the better rebounding team by a count of 41-37.

Despite never trailing after being down 4-3 in the first half, the Lady Rams needed a 6-0 run to snap a 55-all deadlock and take the lead for good. Blye got the spurt started with a jumper at the 1:08 mark. Stephanie Agger, who finished with nine points, extended the gap to 61-55 by making four straight free throws.

Philadelphia outscored Chestnut Hill 16-8 to open the second half, including back-to-back Peltzer treys, and push its halftime lead (23-20) to 37-28 at the 15:11 mark.

Led by Gorczynski's five points, the Griffins went on a 12-4 run to close within 41-40 with 10:13 left.

In the first half, the Lady Rams scored five straight points to take a 13-5 lead, their largest of the stanza.

Philadelphia closes out its non-conference schedule with a rematch at Washington Adventist on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. The Lady Rams defeated the Lady Shock 83-31 in their first meeting on Dec. 19 in Philadelphia.