LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Forward Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) poured in a game- and career-high 20 points to lead the Philadelphia University women's basketball team to a 65-59 non-conference victory over Lincoln (Pa.) University Saturday afternoon in Manuel RIvero Gymnasium.
In her first career start, Maher played 34 minutes and shot 8-of-16 from the floor, 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. She also had two rebounds and one assist.
Guard Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 14 points, four assists, and one steal. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) added 10 points, a game- and career-high 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Philadelphia (2-2) sprinted out of the gate, scoring the first six points in 1:50. Day recorded the first four points of the afternoon on free throws. Lincoln (1-3) came back and hit three 3-pointers during the rest of the quarter to take a 17-13 advantage after one.
Trailing 25-20 with 5:18 left in the half, Philadelphia ran off nine consecutive points to move back in front 29-25 on a Day free throw at the 3:04 mark. Maher had the first five points, while guard Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh)added three of her game total six. Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with a 1:14 left in the half to widen the gap to 36-29.
After Maher hit a jumper on Philadelphia's first possession of the second half to put Philadelphia back up seven (41-34), Lincoln went on a 14-4 run to reclaim a three-point lead (48-45) with 1:36 left in the third.
A Day layup at the 5:57 mark of the final quarter finished off a run of five straight points to allow the Rams to go back up three (56-53). Maher's final 3-pointer of the game sealed the victory as it put Philadelphia up (63-59) with 34 seconds remaining.
Teira Pendleton was Lincoln's leading scorer with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Rams shot a season-best 36.7 percent (22-of-60) and dished out a season-high 17 assists. Lincoln knocked down 37.3 percent (22-of-59) from the field.
After opening the season with four straight road games, Philadelphia will play its first game in the Gallagher Center this season against East Stroudsburg on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.