PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team locked up a home game for the opening round of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament as the Rams defeated visiting Nyack 82-55 in a CACC game Saturday afternoon the Gallagher Center.
The Rams improve to 17-5 overall, a perfect 15-0 in the CACC, and extend their winning streak nine games. Philadelphia will attempt to put together 10 consecutive wins for the first time since the 2005-06 season when the team heads to USciences on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
Sophomore forwards Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Mary Newell (Lansdale, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) each posted a double-double in the victory. Arnao finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Newell posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.
Sophomore forward Alex Heck (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood) poured in a team-high 15 points in 19 minutes. Sophomore guard Bria Young (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) chipped in with 13 points and a career-high six assists.
With some strong defense in the opening 4:22, the Rams got off to an 11-1 run and never looked back. During the early surge, Nyack (7-17, 6-11 CACC) was held to 0-of-5 shooting and turned the ball over twice.
Leading by eight (22-14), Philadelphia rattled off 12 straight points to take its first 20-point lead (34-14) of the day on a Young lay-up at the 5:26 mark of the first half. Heck made a baseline jumper with 20 seconds left in the half to push the advantage to 42-21.
A 3-pointer from junior guard Najah Jacobs (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) with 7:09 remaining gave Philadelphia a game-high 36-point cushion (72-36).
Jessica Logemann paced the Warriors with a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Meghan Richards netted 12 points, while Audrey Matteson poured in 11 points.
Philadelphia shot 47.2 percent (34-of-72) from the field while Nyack hit 35.7 percent (20-of-56) of its shots. The Rams owned the paint as they scored 50 points in the paint and outrebounded the Warriors 42-32.