Women's basketball stays in playoff race with win at Holy Family

Women's basketball stays in playoff race with win at Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive thanks to a huge 68-52 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Holy Family Saturday afternoon in the Campus Center.

Philadelphia now sits at 13-14 overall and 8-10 against the CACC after snapping its four-game losing streak. The Rams will face Wilmington (Del.) for the final place in the CACC Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Gallagher Center at 6 p.m.

Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) provided the Rams a tremendous spark off-the-bench with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kaminski shot 5-of-10 from the field and 7-9 at the free throw line. 

Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) drilled five of the team's season-high 11 3-pointers on her way to a 15-point afternoon. Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) added 13 points and seven rebounds. Erin Rafter (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds.

Philadelphia was facing a 37-33 deficit with 6:12 left in the third quarter before going on a game-changing 17-3 run that would carry the Rams to the win.

Williams and Maher quickly got the run going as they connected from 3-point range on consecutive trips down to the floor to put the Rams in front 39-37—the Rams' first lead since the opening quarter. Katie O'Hare briefly put Holy Family (8-18, 7-11 CACC) back in the lead after draining a triple—one of three 3-pointers she hit during the contest—at the 4:19 mark. The Rams responded with 11 straight points to end the third quarter up 50-40.

Maher led the surge with seven points, while Day added five. During the run, Philadelphia shot 7-of-11 from the field and Holy Family was just 1-of-9.

The third quarter momentum carried over to the fourth as the Rams needed just over four minutes to widen the gap to 17 points (61-44) on a Williams 3-pointer. Williams (six points) and Kaminski (five points) combined to score all 11 points during the 11-4 run to open the quarter.

Philadelphia's lead got as high as 20 when Kaminski drained a free throw with 2:14 left to make the score 68-48.

The Rams got off to a fast start with Williams and Maher each hitting a 3-pointer on the first two possessions of the game to get Philadelphia out to a 6-0 lead. Philadelphia remained in front until Holy Family scored the final nine points of the first quarter to go in front 15-12.

Holy Family stretched its lead out to 10 points on a 2-for-2 trip to the line by Jill Conroy—the Tigers' leading scorer with 14 points—at the 3:03 mark of the second quarter.

Abigail Iannotti had 12 points and 15 rebounds.