Balanced attack powers women’s basketball to victory over Bloomsburg

Balanced attack powers women’s basketball to victory over Bloomsburg

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team got 12 points from four different players as the Rams picked up a hard-fought 57-48 non-conference win over visiting Bloomsburg Sunday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) had a career-day for the Rams (3-3) as she racked up 12 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs, and three of the team's season-high 14 steals. Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh), Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood), and Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) also had 12-point afternoons.

In addition to the balanced offense, Philadelphia turned in a solid defensive effort, giving up less than 50 points for the second time this season and forcing a season-best 26 turnovers. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) paced the defense with a career-high seven steals.

Philadelphia turned the 26 Bloomsburg turnovers into 18 points.

Neither team was able to gain much traction in the opening quarter as the teams swapped the lead five times and were even twice. Philadelphia took a quarter-high three-point lead (11-8) on a Williams layup with 1:34 to play.

The Rams fell behind by three during the second quarter when Morgan Klunk, Bloomsburg's leading scorer with 12 points, knocked down a 6-footer to make the score 22-19. The final 3:57 of the half was all Philadelphia as the Rams went on a 9-0 run to take a 28-22 lead the at the half. During the surge, Maher led the offense with three points while the defense forced four turnovers.

Philadelphia's momentum carried over to the third quarter, scoring the first five points to open up its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (34-22) when Day made two free throws with just 2:11 gone. Bloomsburg (1-4) made its big push, a run of 10 straight points, to trim the Philadelphia advantage to 34-32 at the 4:50 mark. During the run, Philadelphia went cold from the field, shooting 0-of-4, and committed four turnovers.

Kaminski got Philadelphia back on track with two successful free throws to start a 7-2 spurt, capped by a Day 3-pointer with 1:44 left, that allowed the Rams to reclaim a seven-point cushion (41-34).

The Rams put the game away early in the fourth with the first seven points of the quarter to open up a game-high 51-37 lead on a Maher 3-pointer.

Philadelphia shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field, 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from behind the 3-point arc. Bloomsburg hit 46.5 percent (20-of-43) overall, but just 2-of-10 from 3-point range.

Philadelphia will take on the University of the Sciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference clash on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Gallagher Center at 6 p.m.