PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team was defeated by Dominican (N.Y.) College 72-57 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia is now 11-10 overall and 6-6 against the CACC, while Dominican improves to 8-14 overall and 8-5 in conference play. The loss snapped the Rams' five-game winning streak against the Chargers.
Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was Philadelphia's leading scorer with nine points. Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh), Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood), and Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) all added eight points. Kaminski dished out a game-high seven assists.
After Dominican opened the game on a 17-4 run, Day sank a layup along the baseline and Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the Rams back within 17-9 with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.
Over the next 20 minutes, the Chargers would shoot 51.2 percent (15-of-29) from the floor and 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from 3-point range as they would widen the gap to 61-33 after three quarters. During the same 20-minute span, Philadelphia shot 23.3 percent (7-of-30).
The final quarter was all Philadelphia as the Rams shot 42.9 percent (9-of-21) and held the Chargers without a field goal (0-of-7) to win the fourth 24-11. Dominican scored all of its 11 points from the free throw line.
Over the first 8:30 of the fourth, Philadelphia went on a 21-6 surge to close the gap to 67-54. Day scored all seven of her fourth-quarter points during the big run, while Maher added five of her eight fourth-quarter points. In addition to not allowing a field goal in the final 10 minutes, Philadelphia's defense forced 10 turnovers.
Rebecca Rabeiro led the Chargers with a game-high 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Lisa Bouffard added 15 points and five boards.
Dominican ended the game shooting 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the floor and 80.0 percent (24-of-30) at the free throw line. Philadelphia shot 31.7 percent (20-of-63) overall and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) at the line.
The Rams scored 22 points off of 23 Charger turnovers, while Dominican turned 21 Philadelphia turnovers into just 14 points.
Philadelphia returns to the court to face Goldey-Beacom in a CACC contest on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.