Day goes for 23 in loss to East Stroudsburg

Day goes for 23 in loss to East Stroudsburg

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team had three players score in double figures, led by Rachel Day's (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) season-high 23 points, in a 78-66 non-conference loss to East Stroudsburg University Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

Joining Day in double figures were Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh).

Kaminski scored 12 points in the opening half on the way to 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Williams poured in a career-high 17 points and dished out three assists.

After Philadelphia (2-3) struggled out of the gate and fell behind 17-4, the Rams outscored East Stroudsburg 13-3 over the final 2:43 of the first quarter to close the gap to 20-17. Kaminski led the charge as she went 5-for-5 from the line and scored seven points, while Day accounted for the other six.

Kaminski (9) and Day (8) combined to score all 17 of the Rams' first-quarter points.

Philadelphia briefly took a 23-22 second-quarter lead on a Day 3-pointer, but East Stroudsburg (4-0) ran off five straight points to reclaim a four-point cushion (27-23). The Rams responded with eight straight points—spread out among three different players—to take a game-high four-point lead (31-27) when Williams made two free throws with 2:18 left in the half.

The Rams held onto the lead until the Warriors scored six consecutive points in the final 1:09 of half to go up 38-34 at the break.

In the third quarter, Philadelphia managed to trim the East Stroudsburg advantage to one on two different occasions, but couldn't go back in front. With Philadelphia within a point (45-44), East Stroudsburg went on a 14-5 run to go up 10 (59-49) with 32 seconds left in the quarter.

Noelle Powell came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points for East Stroudsburg, who had four players with at least 10 points. Rebecca Rutkowski added a double-double consisting of 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Rams shot 31.4 percent (22-of-70) for the game and grabbed a season-high 44 rebounds. East Stroudsburg shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) and corralled 45 boards.

Philadelphia returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 27 with a non-conference tilt against Bloomsburg in the Gallagher Center at 1 p.m.