PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team had its string of three straight victories stopped as the Rams were defeated by Holy Family in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match, 71-53, Thursday night in the Gallagher Center.
Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) came off the bench to play 29 minutes and led the Rams—who also had their three-game home winning streak ended—with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.
Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) knocked a 3-pointer 1:20 into the contest to give the Rams (7-5, 3-3 CACC) as early 3-0 lead. After Holy Family tied the game with a 3-pointer of its own on its next possession, Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) put Philadelphia up 5-3 at the 7:19 mark with a 12-footer.
The Rams shooters went cold the rest of the opening quarter, making just three of their next 13 attempts, while the Tigers outscored Philadelphia 17-8 to take a 20-13 lead after one. Holy Family (2-8, 2-3 CACC) shot 8-of-15 during the run.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket in the second 10 minutes as Philadelphia shot 6-of-18 and Holy Family connected on 4 of its 14 shots. The Tigers did go 6-of-6 at the free throw line to extend their lead to 36-28 at the half.
With Holy Family up 42-30, Maher connected from behind the arc and McCarron made a jumper on consecutive trips down the floor to bring Philadelphia back within 42-35 with 7:11 left in the third. It would be as close as the Rams would get in the second half.
Abigail Iannotti racked up 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Tigers. Conroy finished the night with 19 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.
Philadelphia will look to get back on track in its next contest, a non-conference tilt at Washington Adventist, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.