Fourth-quarter rally comes up short in loss at Georgian Court

Fourth-quarter rally comes up short in loss at Georgian Court

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team nearly made a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit disappear, but the Rams came up five points shy in an 86-81 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to Georgian Court University Thursday night in the Wellness Center.

Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) both had a career night in terms of scoring with 27 and 25 points, respectively. Kaminski shot 6-of-10 from the field and 15-of-20 at the free throw line, while Day was 10-of-21 shooting the ball.

The Rams are now 12-14 overall and 7-10 against the CACC. Philadelphia—who had its eight-game winning streak against Georgian Court dating back to Jan. 29, 2013 snapped—can still secure the final spot in the southern division for the CACC Tournament with wins against Holy Family and Wilmington and a Wilmington loss to Goldey-Beacom.

Philadelphia travels to Holy Family on Saturday, Feb. 18 for a 1 p.m. tip in the Campus Center.

The Rams trailed 66-49 after Jaelyn Tweedy opened the fourth quarter with a layup and a free throw after getting fouled on the drive. Over the final nine minutes, Philadelphia turned in its best offensive performance of the season as the Rams scored 32 points—the most since the NCAA went to quarters in 2015-16.

Led by seven points from Day, Philadelphia went on a 16-2 run to trim the gap to 68-65 with 5:10 left in the game. Philadelphia made all six of its shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and both of its free throws during the surge.

After the Lions reclaimed an eight-point cushion (76-68), the Rams rattled off 10 of the next 14 points to pull within a basket (80-78) on a Kaminski three-point play with 20 seconds on the clock. With Philadelphia down 83-81, the Rams were called for an intentional foul, giving the Lions two free throws and the ball with eight seconds left. Nijiera Addison made one of her two free throws to widen the gap to three. On the ensuing possession, the Lions' Alliyah Berger missed both free throws, but Addison grabbed the offensive rebound to seal the game.

In the opening half, the Rams trailed by 20 points (36-16) at the 6:10 mark of the second quarter. Philadelphia cut the gap to 48-33 at the break. Philadelphia shot 37.1 percent (13-of-35) in the first 20 minutes, while Georgian Court shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34).

Despite missing the two late free throws, Berger would lead Georgian Court (4-21, 2-16 CACC) with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Tweedy had 22 points, while Jada Atchison added 16 points and six assists.

Philadelphia ended the game shooting 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from the floor and 61.8 percent (21-of-34) at the free throw line. Georgian Court wound up hitting 49.2 percent (32-of-65) of its shots and just 48.3 percent (14-of-29) of its free throws.