BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Forward Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, for the Philadelphia University women's basketball team in a tough 61-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to Bloomfield College Wednesday night in The Gym.
McCarron played 35 minutes and shot 7-of-14 from the field, 5-of-7 during the first half as she scored 12 points to help the Rams (8-8, 3-4 CACC) get out to a 33-30 halftime lead. She surpassed her previous career highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds, which both came in a win over Bloomsburg on Nov. 27, 2016.
Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had a strong second half to end up with 17 points and seven rebounds. In the game's final 20 minutes, Kaminski record 10 points and six boards.
With the score tied at 53 after a Kaminski basket at the 4:54 mark of the fourth quarter, the Bears (8-4, 5-0 CACC) got back-to-back layups from Deja McKenzie—who finished with 11 points—to move in front 57-53 with 2:58 remaining. McCarron single-handedly pulled Philadelphia within 57-56 just 29 seconds later as she made a layup and a free throw after getting fouled.
Turnovers would haunt the Rams down the stretch as giveaways on three straight possessions allowed the Bears to reestablish a four-point margin (60-56). Philadelphia finished the game committing a season-high 22 turnovers.
Kaminski closed the gap to 60-58, making a layup with nine seconds left to play.
Midway through the third quarter, Philadelphia went on a 5-0 surge to take a game-high six-point lead (43-37) on a Kaminski basket.
Tianna Smith was Bloomfield's top player with a game-high 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Jahniece Jaffe added 11 points.
Philadelphia shot 39.6 percent(21-of-53) from the field, but just 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from 3-point range. Bloomfield shot 26.1 percent (18-of-69) overall, 26.5 percent (9-of-34) from behind the arc. The Bears outrebounded the Rams 47-40.
Philadelphia will attempt to get back on track with a trip to Felician for a CACC showdown on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.