PHILADELPHIA – A shorthanded Philadelphia University women's basketball team hung with the University of the Sciences for a majority of their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) showdown Tuesday night in Bobby Morgan Arena. In the end, the Devils would pull away and hand the Rams a 59-44 loss.
Due to injury and illness, Philadelphia (12-12, 7-8 CACC) was forced to take the court without starters Erin Rafter (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) and Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) and key reserve Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood).
Rachel Day (Horsham, Pa./Archbishop Wood) carried the offensive load for the Rams as she scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Ayoola Oguntause (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Atlantic Christian) came off the bench to record a career-high six points.
Kelsey Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy) and Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Rams within 19-17 with just under two minutes gone. USciences responded with a 9-2 surge over the next 3:33 to widen the gap to 28-19. After consecutive Oguntuase layups closed the margin to five (28-23), the Devils scored the final four points of the quarter to lead 32-23 at the break.
The Rams put together a solid third quarter as they shot 55.6 percent (5-of-9) and made four of their five 3-point attempts, while holding the Devils to 25.0 percent (4-of-16) shooting. Philadelphia drained four of its first five shots of the quarter to spearhead a 13-4 run that tied the score at 36 on an Alexandra Warren (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) triple with just under five minutes left. As fast as the Rams gained momentum, it went away just as fast as the Rams would not score on their next five possessions, allowing the Devils to go on a 10-0 surge to take a 46-36 lead.
The Devils (20-5, 13-3 CACC) received a game-high 20 points from Alex Thomas and 18 more from Sarah Abbonizio.
USciences finished the game shooting 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the floor and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line. The Rams ended up shooting 29.4 percent (15-of-51) overall and 37.5 percent (6-of-16) at the stripe.
Philadelphia returns home to face Caldwell in a CACC battle on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Saturday is the Rams' Think Pink game, Alumni Day, and Senior Day.