Williams, defense lead women's basketball to 64-51 win over Goldey-Beacom

Williams, defense lead women's basketball to 64-51 win over Goldey-Beacom

 PHILADELPHIA – Guard Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) poured in a game-high 24 points and the Philadelphia University women's basketball team turned in one of its best defensive performances of the year as the Rams knocked off Goldey-Beacom College 64-51 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.

After scoring just five points in the opening 20 minutes, Williams—who was one-point shy of her career high—stepped up her game in the second half, scoring 8 points in the third quarter and 11 in the final stanza. She shot 4-of-7 from the floor and 10-of-13 at the free throw line in the second half. Williams also had six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams (12-10, 7-6 CACC) forced the Lightning to shot just 30.6 percent (19-of-62) from the field and held Lexi Bruno, the conference's second leading scorer, to just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Led by a career-high 12 rebounds from Erin Rafter (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.), Philadelphia grabbed a season-high 46 boards to outrebound Goldey-Beacom (14-9, 10-4 CACC) by 11 (46-35), its best rebounding margin of the season.

Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 10 points.

The Rams faced their largest deficit of the contest when a 12-2 Lightning surge put Goldey-Beacom out in front 21-17 with 7:26 left in the first half. Philadelphia fought back over the final 3:24 of the second quarter, scoring the quarter's last 10 points to take a 31-23 lead to the locker room. Alexandra Warren (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) scored five of her seven points during the run, which Day started with a 3-pointer.

Philadelphia advantage grew to double figures for the first time on a Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) layup 33 seconds into the second half to make the score 33-23. The Lightning made a run during the middle stages of the third quarter, outscoring the Rams, 8-0 over a 2:31 span, to pull within 35-33.

After the Rams were held scoreless for nearly four minutes, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer and a running jumper on consecutive possessions to settle the team down and help them reestablish a seven-point lead (40-33) with 3:14 to play in the third.

A run of 10 straight points, five from Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and three from Williams, put the game away for good as it gave Philadelphia a game-high 15-point cushion (53-38) with 6:47 left in the contest. The Ram defense only allowed two Lightning shots, both misses, and forced two turnovers.

Philadelphia scored 13 of the 21 fourth quarter points at the free throw line.

Tanner Turner-Rush led Goldey-Beacom in scoring with 12 points. Britani Bryson added eight points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.

The Rams shot 35.0 percent (21-of-60) from the field and 69.2 percent (18-of-26) at the stripe.

Philadelphia heads to Concordia (N.Y.) for a CACC clash on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.