WILMINGTON, Del. – Sophomore forward Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) recorded a team-high 18 points and five rebounds in a reserve role as the Philadelphia University women's basketball team was upended by host Goldey-Beacom, 56-50, in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Maher was one of three Rams (1-2, 0-1 CACC) in the contest to score in double figures. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) poured in 10 points in her first game action of the season.
Goldey-Beacom (1-2, 1-0 CACC) opened up a 44-35 lead after going on an 8-0 run during the middle stages of the third quarter. Four different Lightning players scored in the run, capped by a Margherita Giubilei jumper at the 3:28 mark to make it a nine-point game. The Rams were 0-of-6 from the floor during that span.
Philadelphia slowly worked its way back into the contest, eventually taking a 48-46 fourth-quarter lead when McCarron knocked down a jumper with 5:09 left, finishing a run of six straight Ram points.
The Lightning responded with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Amanda McGrogan and Lexi Bruno, to reclaim a six-point lead (54-48) with 2:17 to play.
Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) got the Rams back within four (54-50), making a basket at the 1:06 mark.
After playing to a 14-all tie in the first quarter, Philadelphia jumped out by five (19-14) in the second thanks to a Kaminski 3-poiner and Maher jumper. Back-to-back Lightning 3-pointers put Goldey-Beacom back in front (20-19) with 4:46 left in the half.
Bruno—who had a game-high 20 points—beat the buzzer to put the Lightning up 27-26 at the break.
Philadelphia heads to Lincoln (Pa.) for a non-conference contest on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.