Women's basketball falls to Kutztown 79-69

Women's basketball falls to Kutztown 79-69

PHILADELPHIA – Freshman guard Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) poured in a career-high 25 points for the Philadelphia University women's basketball team in a 79-69 non-conference loss to Kutztown University Monday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Williams—who was coming off of a 21-point performance in Saturday's win over Washington Adventist—played all 40 minutes for the second time in her career and shot 9-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line. She added five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Junior guard Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and two assists, while sophomore guard Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had 13 points and nine rebounds.

After falling behind 15-7, Philadelphia (8-6) went on a 12-2 surge that spanned the final 2:26 of the first quarter and the first 1:33 of the second quarter to take a 19-17 lead. Four different Rams scored during the run, led by four points from Kaminski. Philadelphia also played strong defense, holding Kutztown to 1-of-6 shooting and forcing two turnovers.

Kutztown (3-9) answered back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers from Jenna Altomare, to reclaim a 28-19 advantage at the 3:57 mark. The Rams pulled within five (30-25) on a Williams layup, but went to the locker room down 38-28 at the half.

Philadelphia made a strong push to get back into the contest, going on an 11-2 run in the opening 2:52 in the final quarter to close the gap to 58-54 on a Williams basket and free throw. However, Kutztown would rattle off the next 10 points to make the score 68-54 with 5:07 left in the contest.

Altomare finished the game shooting 5-of-8 from 3-point range to lead the Golden Bears with 18 points. Karen Lapkiewicz scored 14 points, while Sierra Taylor and Gabbi Wright each added 11 points. Alex Heck grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Philadelphia returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28 with a non-conference contest at Shippensburg University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.