Women's basketball falls to Wilmington 63-60

Women's basketball falls to Wilmington 63-60

NEWARK, Del – Guard Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) knocked down five 3-pointers as she scored a game-high 19 points for the Philadelphia University women's basketball team in a 63-60 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss at Wilmington (Del.) Saturday afternoon in the WU Athletics Complex.

Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy) also scored in double figures for the Rams (4-4, 1-2 CACC)—who had their 15-game winning streak against the Wildcats that dated back to January 29, 2009 snapped—with 13 points.

Philadelphia took a 51-50 fourth-quarter lead when Ayoola Oguntuase (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Atlantic Christian) drained a layup with 8:29 left in the game. After Wilmington went on a 5-1 run to go up four (56-52), the Rams got a Jones 3-pointer and a Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) put back to reclaim a one-point cushion (57-56) at the 4:08 mark. The lead grew to 60-58 with 2:30 left went Day connected from behind the arc.

Wilmington closed within 60-59 on a Nyree Grant free throw and then took a 61-60 lead when LaShyra Williams hit a layup with 25 seconds to play. On Philadelphia's final possession, the Rams turned the ball over with two seconds remaining.

With Wilmington ahead 20-13 late in the first quarter, Philadelphia went on a 10-2 run that spanned the end of the first and the first 2:05 of the second to jump ahead 23-22 on a Day 3-pointer.

Philadelphia fell behind by five after allowing six straight points, but recovered nicely with 10 of the next 12 points to go back up 33-30 with 2:50 left in the half. The Ram advantage grew to a game-high six points when Jones went 1-for-2 at the free throw line with two seconds remaining to make the score 39-33.

The Rams stayed in front until a 9-0 Wildcat run put Wilmington ahead 49-43 with 53 seconds left in the third. Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) made baskets in the final 36 seconds of the quarter to trim the Philadelphia deficit to 49-47.

Williams led Wilmington (3-5, 1-0 CACC) with 16 points. Marcy Robinson had 15 points, while Jocelyn Rodriguez and Grant both added 10 points.

Philadelphia welcomes Georgian Court to the Gallagher Center for a CACC showdown on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.