PHILADELPHIA – Led by a career-high 20 points from guard Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood), the Philadelphia University women's basketball team turned in its best offensive performance of the season as the Rams defeated Nyack College 91-69 in the opening round of the CACC Tournament on Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia's 91 points are a season-high, surpassing the 87 points scored in a road win at Post on Jan. 22. The Rams shot a season-best 53.1 percent (34-of-64)—60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the opening half—from the field and posted 52 points in the paint.
Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) narrowly missed her first career triple-double as she had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Mary Newell (Lansdale, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) racked up 19 points, six rebounds, four blocks, four steals, and three assists.
Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) knocked down four of the Rams' five 3-point baskets to finish up with 14 points.
Philadelphia improves to 23-6, the first time the team has won 23 games since the 1997-98 season, and will face Caldwell in the CACC Tournament semifinal round on Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Dominican (N.Y.) College.
The Rams went inside to Arnao and Newell early and often as they Philadelphia off to a 9-2 advantage. Philadelphia went on a 14-6 surge at the end of the quarter take a 12-point lead (23-11) on a Day 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining.
Philadelphia shot 64.3 percent (9-fof-14) in the second quarter as the Rams' lead grew to 13 (36-23) when Kaminski made a layup 4:04 before the half. Kaminski shot 5-of-6 from the field to record 11 of the team's 19 second-quarter points.
A 13-0 third quarter surge, including four points each from Arnao and Erin Rafter (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.), widen the gap to a game-high 26 points (68-42) with 1:03 on the clock.
Raven Makins paced Nyack (7-20) with 22 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs. Japria Karim-Duvall added 21 points, while Lisa Fields scored 10 points.