First quarter outburst propels women’s basketball to 72-51 victory at Chestnut Hill

First quarter outburst propels women’s basketball to 72-51 victory at Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team had a season-high five players score in double figures as the Rams led from wire-to-wire in a 72-51 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win at Chestnut Hill Saturday afternoon in Sorgenti Arena.

The Rams (7-4, 3-2 CACC)—winners of three in a row and five of their last six—put the game to bed in the first quarter thanks to a 17-4 run over the final 4:44 to turn a two-point cushion (11-9) into a 15-point advantage (28-13) at the end of one. Led by seven of Jessica Kaminski's (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) game-high 18 points, Philadelphia shot 6-of-9 from the field during the surge, including three 3-pointers—two from Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood).

Philadelphia finished the quarter shooting 10-of-18 overall and 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Day—who had 14 points—and Kaminski both had nine points in the opening 10 minutes.

The 28 first-quarter points are the most scored by the Rams since putting together a 29-point third quarter in a 91-69 win over Nyack in the CACC Tournament on Feb. 27, 2016.

Despite winning the second quarter by one point (12-11) to lead 40-24 at the half, Philadelphia did increase its cushion to a half-high 18 points when Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) made a layup with 1:27 left in the half—as part of a 12-point afternoon—to make the score 40-22.

After widening the gap to 58-36 through three, Philadelphia took a game-high 24-point lead (60-36) on an Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) layup 1:03 into the final quarter.

Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) and Alexandra Warren (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) both added 10 points for the Rams.

Thanks to 11 rebounds from Kaminski and 10 from McCarron, Philadelphia enjoyed a 39-32 rebounding advantage. Philadelphia completed the contest shooting a season-best 42.9 percent (27-of-63) overall.

Vicky Tumasz came off the bench to lead Chestnut Hill (5-4, 2-2 CACC) in scoring with 11 points.

Philadelphia will play its final CACC game in 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 15 when Holy Family comes to the Gallagher Center for a 6 p.m. tip.