Women's basketball runs past West Chester 73-65

Women's basketball runs past West Chester 73-65

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's basketball used a 12-2 third-quarter run to pull away from host West Chester University and pick up a 73-65 non-conference victory Thursday night in Hollinger Field House.

Guard Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood)—who had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals—started the run with a 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line with 3:32 left in the third quarter to snap a 41-all tie. Guard Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) increased the lead to four with a 3-pointer, part of a game-high 19 points, on the Rams' next trip down the floor.

After a West Chester basket brought the host Golden Rams within 45-43, Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh)—who finished with a career-high 18 points—laid in a Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) miss and Day and Alexandra Warren (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) both knocked down a 3-pointer on the following three possessions to widen the gap to 53-43 at the 1:18 mark.

Philadelphia shot 4-of-5 from the field during the 2:18 span, while West Chester committed two of its 17 turnovers.

With Philadelphia up 11 (60-49) after Day connected on a 3-pointer 1:13 into the final quarter, West Chester made one big push to get back into the contest. Over the next 3:10, West Chester would run off eight consecutive points, four each from Porscha Speller and Tori Smick, to trim the margin to just three (60-57) on a Smick jumper with 5:37 remaining.

Leading 68-65, Kaminski made a basket with 1:20 to go to start a 5-0 run that would put the game out of reach.

In the second quarter, Philadelphia ran off 10 straight points, five coming from Day, to open up a game-high 14-point advantage (29-15) with 5:24 left in the first half. West Chester came back to trim the Philadelphia lead to 33-31 at the break.

Philadelphia (6-4)—a winner in four of its last five games—won for the first time this season when allowing 60 or more points.

Camden Boehner and Speller each had 14 points to lead West Chester (2-5) in scoring. Speller also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

West Chester shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the field and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the free throw line. The Rams connected on 40.6 percent (26-of-64) of their shot attempts and just 60.0 percent (12-of-20) of their free throws. Philadelphia—who committed a season-low six turnovers—owned a 17-7 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Philadelphia returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 10 when the Rams head to Chestnut Hill for a 1 p.m. tip in Sorgenti Arena.