PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team nearly made a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit against Chestnut Hill disappear, but the Rams fell just shy and suffered a 75-69 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
The Rams—who never led—went into the fourth quarter trailing 64-51. Philadelphia's defensive played a major role in the comeback attempt as the Rams forced five turnovers in the first 3:45. The turnovers led directly to eight of the Rams 11 points during an 11-2 surge, capped by back-to-back Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) triples, that closed the gap to 66-62.
After the Griffins needed just 33 seconds to reclaim a 71-62 cushion, the Rams mounted one last comeback effort. Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) put back a missed Day 3-pointer to not only break the Rams' 3:49 scoreless drought but start a 6-0 spurt that would get Philadelphia within 71-68. The rally stalled as Philadelphia missed all five shot attempts in the final two minutes.
In the opening quarter, Chestnut Hill raced out to a 19-8 advantage thanks to a 15-4 surge over a 5:19 stretch. Philadelphia managed to close the gap to 19-15 when Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) closed out a run of seven straight Ram points with a 3-pointer at the 1:52 mark.
The Griffins shot 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the field, 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc, as they managed to widen the margin to 51-36 at the break. It was the first time that the Rams had given up at least 50 points in a half since allowing 57 in the second half against Glenville State on Nov. 28, 2015.
Williams had a solid night for the Rams (11-9, 6-5 CACC) as she paced the team with 17 points, six assists, five rebounds, and a steal. Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) poured in 15 points, while Day contributed 14 points and four rebounds.
The Griffins—who defeated the Rams on their home floor for the first time—had four players in double figures led by Jaeda Wildgoose's 18 points. Wildgoose also added a game-high 10 rebounds.
Philadelphia ended up shooting 31.2 percent (24-of-77) from the field. The 77 shot attempts are the most by the Rams this season. The Rams did knock down 10 3-pointers on a season-high 35 attempts. It was the second time this year that Philadelphia made at least 10 3-pointers. Philadelphia made 11 in a win over Chestnut Hill on Dec. 10.
Chestnut Hill (11-7, 7-5 CACC) shot 47.6 percent (30-of-63) overall.
Philadelphia's next game will come on Saturday, Jan. 28 against CACC opponent Dominican (N.Y.) at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.