Day’s hot hand carries women’s basketball past Nyack

Day’s hot hand carries women’s basketball past Nyack

PHILADELPHIA – Guard Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) knocked down six 3-pointers to record a career-high 24 points and lead the Philadelphia University women's basketball team to a 75-62 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Nyack Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Day—the only Philadelphia (19-6, 15-1 CACC) player to hit a 3-pointer—tied her career high with those six made 3-pointers, on 10 attempts. She drained six triples in the Rams' 62-53 win at East Stroudsburg on Nov. 29, 2015.

Mary Newell (Lansdale, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) shot 6-of-12 from the field on her way to a 14-point afternoon. She fell just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.

Bria Young (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) filled out her stat line with 12 points, six rebounds, five steals, and three assists. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) added 10 points.

After Nyack (7-16, 5-11 CACC) made the opening basket of the game, Philadelphia went on a 14-4 run to go up by a first-half-high eight points (14-6) at the 2:32 mark on Day's second 3-pointer of the opening quarter. The Warriors managed to trim the Rams' advantage to 14-11 by the end of the first.

Nyack carried its momentum over to the second quarter, tying the score at 14 on a Jessica Logemann 3-pointer just 34 seconds in. A Young old-fashioned three-point play at the 7:05 mark snapped a 16-all tie and put the Rams back in the lead. The advantage would grow to six (27-21) after Day made two free throws. With the margin down to one, after Nyack went on a brief 5-0 spurt, Day came up big again as she drained her third 3-pointer to kill the rally and put Philadelphia back up four (30-26).

A 7-0 run early in the third quarter allowed Philadelphia to take its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (39-28) on a Young layup at the 6:15 mark. The lead grew to 14 points after Kaminski capped off another 7-0 surge with two free throws to make the score 49-35.

Philadelphia was finally able to put the visitors away with the help on an 11-3 run that allowed the Rams to reestablish a 14-point lead (60-46) with 5:47 to play. Newell drained a fastbreak layup after receiving a baseball pass from Kaminski at the 2:55 mark to give the Rams a game-high 17-point cushion (69-52).

Raven Makins paced the Warriors with 19 points—on 9-of-15 shooting—and 10 rebounds, while Jamie McKeither added nine points and eight boards.

Philadelphia shot 41.7 percent from the field and held Nyack to 33.8 percent. The Rams won the rebounding battle 46-36.

The Rams hit the road for the final time during the regular season with a trip to Georgian Court on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.