Philadelphia, PA- Junior guard Taylor Magnus (Plymouth Meeting, PA/ Plymouth-Whitemarsh) had 15 points to lead Philadelphia University (17-9, 12-5 CACC), but the Lady Rams fell 80-65 to the #25 nationally ranked Holy Family Tigers (25-4, 18-0 CACC) on Tuesday night. PhilaU's leading scorer, junior center Jess Romano (Horsham, PA/ Hatboro-Horsham) was held to 12 points and 11 rebounds in the contest, while HFU's Catherine Carr led all scorers with 30 points.
Both teams combined for 36 total turnovers, but HFU held both the field goal (49%-40%) and rebounding (38-29) advantage over the Lady Rams.
The Tigers opened up the first half on a 20-9 run, and rallied ahead by as many as 28 points in the opening stanza and led 46-22 at the break.
Senior guard Amanda Brennan (Stratford, NJ/ Sterling) was fouled in the second half on a three-point attempt and sunk all three buckets to make it 60-37 at 9:44, and her sister junior forward Kate Brennan (Stratford, NJ/ Sterling) made a trey on the ensuing play to get PhilaU within 20. A. Brennan finished with five points, while K. Brennan had 11 scores and three steals.
A bright spot was steals for the Lady Rams, who swiped 13, compared to HFU's 8.
The Lady Rams had no quit in the final minutes, as sophomore guard Stephanie Agger (N. Cape May, NJ/ Lower Cape May) and Magnus both hit clutch shots down the stretch to get within 13 points- but that would be it for PhilaU as they suffered an 80-65 loss on the road. Agger had 10 points and four steals on the night.
PhilaU completes the regular season on Friday (2/27) at Caldwell for a 5 p.m. CACC contest. If the Lady Rams win on Friday, they will host their CACC quarterfinal game on Monday (3/2) vs. University of the Sciences at 7 p.m. If the Lady Rams lose to Caldwell, they will tie USP with a 12-6 CACC record. They split during the season in their two meetings. If that happens, USP will move to the 2 spot and PhilaU will be third. This is due to a tie-breaker, which USP wins because of a sweep over Georgian Court, while Philadelphia split with GCU.