Schacker leads women's basketball in 69-56 win at Nyack

Schacker leads women's basketball in 69-56 win at Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. – Senior guard Monica Schacker (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) poured in a game-high 24 points to lead the Philadelphia University women's basketball team in a 69-56 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Nyack Saturday afternoon in Bowman Gym.

Philadelphia improves to 18-5 overall and 12-3 in the CACC as the team's three-game road-losing streak comes to an end. The win, combined with the University of the Sciences' loss at Dominican (N.Y.), pulls the Rams within 1.5 games of the top spot in the southern division.

Philadelphia and USciences will square off on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

Junior forward Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) tallied 11 points and 17 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Arnao played all 40 minutes for the first time this season.

Junior guard Bria Young (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) added 13 points, while junior forward Alex Heck (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 11 points.

Nyack (3-20, 3-13 CACC) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with an Alyssa Gatti 3-pointer on the game's first possession and a Raven Makins free throw at the 18:13 mark.  The Warriors remained in front until senior guard Najah Jacobs (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) hit a jumper at 15:32 to give the Rams an 11-10 advantage.

A quick 5-0 spurt, which consisted of Jamie McKeither layup and another Gatti triple, allowed the Warriors to reestablish a three-point advantage (16-11). Philadelphia answered right back with 10 of the next 12 points, including the final six, to move ahead 21-18 on a Schacker jumper.

Philadelphia scored four points in the last 1:20 of the half to take a 35-28 lead to the locker room.

In the second half, the Rams took their first double-digit lead (43-33) of the afternoon on a Jacobs layup with 15:43 left in the game. Nyack couldn't get any closer than eight the rest of the way. Philadelphia went 15-of-19 from the free throw line during the final 20 minutes.

Makins paced the Warriors with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Gatti added 11 points.

Philadelphia shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the field and 75.9 percent (22-of-29) at the free throw line. Nyack hit 31.7 percent (20-of-63) of its shots and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) of its free throws.