Third-quarter rally propels women’s basketball to 59-51 victory over Post

Third-quarter rally propels women’s basketball to 59-51 victory over Post

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team notched a 59-51 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Post University Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) led the Rams (10-8, 5-4 CACC) with a 15-point, 4-rebound, 3-assist performance. After missing the last two games, Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) returned to the Philadelphia lineup and scored 12 points.

Philadelphia shot just 34.6 percent (18-of-52) overall, while Post connected on 38.6 percent (22-of-57) of its shots. The Rams enjoyed more success at the free throw line than their opponent as Philadelphia was 16-of-24 and Post was 3-of-6.

Trailing 33-28 after the opening half, Philadelphia put it all together in the third quarter, winning the 17-7, to lead by five (45-40) 10 minutes later.

Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood)—who had nine points—scored four straight points as she jumpstarted an 8-0 run that would put Philadelphia up 39-35. After the Eagles (1-15, 1-7 CACC) closed the gap to one, Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy) had two 1-of-2 trips to the free throw line and Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) added a 2-for-2 trip to the line to widen the margin to 45-40.

The Philadelphia defense held Post to 3-of-17 shooting overall, 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, and forced five Eagle turnovers. Meanwhile, Philadelphia shot 5-of-12 from the field and 6-of-10 at the line.

With the Philadelphia lead sitting at 52-44 after a Day 3-pointer, Post responded with five straight points to cut the gap to three (52-49). The Rams didn't allow the Eagles to get any closer as they came back with their own 5-0 spurt, including a Williams triple, to reestablish the eight-point cushion (57-49) with 1:06 left.

After shooting 7-of-14 in the first quarter to lead 23-17, Philadelphia went ice cold from the floor, going just 2-of-14—0-of-7 from three—and scoring just five points to trail by five at halftime. The Eagles connected on six of their 12 attempts during the second 10 minutes.

Tyra Jones paced the Eagles with 15 points and four rebounds, while Deaisia Acklin contributed 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Philadelphia returns to the road as the Rams will travel to Nyack for a CACC showdown on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.