November 30, 2011

Lady Rams hang on to defeat Lincoln (Pa.), 62-61

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The third time was the charm for the Philadelphia University women's basketball team in one-possession contests as the Lady Rams fought off host Lincoln University for a 62-61 victory in a non-conference contest Wednesday night in Manuel Rivero Hall.

Trailing 57-52, forward Christine Wooding, who recorded her fifth straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, hit a lay-up that sparked a 10-2 run that put Philadelphia (4-2) ahead 62-59. Guard Stephanie Agger scored the last four points of the spurt at the free throw line. Agger finished with 15 points.

Lion (3-3) guard Krystal Fluellen, who was a rebound shy of a double-double (12 points, nine rebounds), connected on a jumper with 49 seconds left to cut the gap to 62-61. Lincoln had two looks at the basket in the dying seconds, but neither fell to give the Lady Rams a hard-earned win.

Philadelphia forward Kristen Blye poured in a game-high 24 points. Lincoln's Cynthia Johnson came off-the-bench to score a team-high 15 points while Courtney Lucas had 14.

The Lions shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field, while the Lady Rams hit 32.7 percent (18-of-55) of their shots. At the free-throw line Philadelphia connected on 75.8 percent (25-of-33) of its attempts and Lincoln was a 57.9 percent (11-of-19) shooting team. Both teams grabbed 42 rebounds.

In the first half Philadelphia broke a tie with 15 straight points to take a 28-13 lead with 8:04 on the clock. Agger had eight points and Wooding scored five during the run. The Lady Rams led at the break, 35-29.

Philadelphia returns home to open Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play against visiting Wilmington (Del.) University Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

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