PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Forward Kristen Blye netted a career-best 27 points to lead the Philadelphia University women's basketball team to an 81-66 victory over visiting C.W. Post at the Gallagher Center in the season opener for both schools.
Blye shot 10-of-16 from the field and 7-of-7 at the free throw line to easily her previous career-high of 24 points, which came on Dec. 1, 2010 against Goldey-Beacom College. She also had seven rebounds, four were offensive.
The Pioneers (0-1) received a team-high 16 points from guard Felicia Joyner. Forward Catherine Lutz poured in 12 points, while fellow forward Nijah LaCourt added 11 points and nine rebounds. Guard Kenyatta Sears dished out a game-high nine assists.
The Lady Rams shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the floor, while holding the Pioneers to 36.5 percent (27-of-74). C.W. Post owned a 45-43 rebounding edge, including a 24-17 advantage on the offensive glass.
Leading 35-34 to start the second half, Philadelphia (1-0) blew the game open, outscoring C.W. Post 20-4 in the first 7:38 to take a 55-38 lead. Wooding led the charge with six points. The lead grew to a game-high 25 points with Blye connected on a jumper to make the score 72-47 with 6:05 to play.
In the first half, the Lady Rams took control of the game with a 13-4 run, capped by an Agger lay-up, to break a 16-all tie and move ahead 29-20 with 5:47 left on the clock.
Philadelphia returns to the hardwood Sunday, Nov. 13 with a non-conference tilt against visiting St. Thomas Aquinas starting at 1:30 p.m.