PHILADELPHIA – Solid offensive performances from the guard trio Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood), Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy), and Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) combined with a tremendous defensive effort allowed the Philadelphia University women's basketball team to walk away with a 66-34 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Georgian Court Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Day knocked down seven of her 18 shot attempts, including five made 3-pointers, to lead the way with a game-high 19 points. She also had six rebounds and four steals. Jones shot 6-of-8 overall, 3-of-5 from behind the arc, on her way to a career-high 16 points. Williams had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, and five assists.
As a team, Philadelphia shot a season-high 41.9 percent (26-of-62) overall and made nine 3-pointers, tying a season high.
On the defensive side of the ball, Philadelphia (5-4, 2-2 CACC) forced 22 Georgian Court turnovers and allowed the Lions to shoot just 28.8 percent (15-of-52) overall, 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from 3-point range. The Rams also owned a 41-34 rebounding advantage.
It was the first time that Philadelphia held a team in the 30s since defeating Washington Adventist 83-31 on December, 19, 2012 in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia struggled to get much traction for most of the first quarter as the Rams fell behind 6-5 on an Alliyah Berger jumper with 4:14 left. After Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) tied the score with a 1-for-2 trip to the line, Day connected from long range to put the Rams up 12-6. Alexandra Warren (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) capped the 9-0 run with a put back of a Williams missed 3-pointer at the 1:23 mark to make the score 14-6.
In the second quarter, Philadelphia shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the floor and forced nine Georgian Court turnovers as the Rams outscored the Lions 19-5 to lead 33-13 at the half. Jones scored five of her eight second-quarter points during a 13-2 run over the final 5:12 of the quarter.
Philadelphia took a game-high 32-point lead (66-34) on a Valez Jackson (Yeadon, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) layup with 1:08 left in the contest.
Berger led the Lions (2-7, 0-5 CACC) in scoring with nine points.
Philadelphia will head to West Chester University for a non-conference contest with the Golden Rams on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.