Wooding dominant as Lady Rams defeat St. Thomas Aquinas, 60-53

Christine Wooding

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Forward Christine Wooding recorded 23 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia University women's basketball team to a 60-53 victory over visiting St. Thomas Aquinas in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia is now 2-0 overall, while St. Thomas Aquinas, ranked 20th in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll, goes to 0-2.

Wooding, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the second half; shot 7-of-12 from the field and 9-of-12 at the free throw line. It was her first double-double of the season.

Guard Stephanie Agger added 10 points for the Lady Rams.

St. Thomas Aquinas was paced by guard Shpresa Liharevic who netted 19 points.

The Lady Rams did a majority of their damage at the free-throw line, hitting 23-of-35 (65.7 percent), compared to 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) for the Spartans. St. Thomas Aquinas owned a 43-41 rebounding advantage.

The contest went back-and-forth early on until the Lady Rams went on a 12-3 run to take a 33-24 lead with 2:10 left in the half. Wooding led the charge with six points.

Philadelphia took its first double-digit lead (39-28) of the contest on a Wooding layup with 18:48 left in the game. The Spartans got as close as 53-49 when Sabrina Eggink connected on a jumper at the 4:53 mark. The Lady Rams sealed the game by hitting seven of their final 12 free throw attempts.

Philadelphia welcomes West Chester University to the Gallagher Center for a non-conference tilt Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.