PHILADELPHIA – A dominating second half performance by the Philadelphia University women's basketball team propelled the Rams to their eight consecutive victory, 85-59 over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Chestnut Hill Tuesday night in Sorgenti Arena.
Philadelphia moves its overall record to 16-5 and remain perfect in CACC play at 14-0. The Rams magic number to clinch the southern division title sits at three.
Chestnut Hill is now 7-15 overall, 5-10 against the conference.
Sophomore forward Mary Newell (Lansdale, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie)—who recorded a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds—kicked off the second half with four straight points and sparked a 16-4 run to give Philadelphia a 54-37 lead with 15:26 left.
Leading 62-48, the Rams would score nine consecutive points to move ahead by 21 (71-48) on a 3-pointer by senior guard Samantha Morris (Wenonah, N.J./Deptford) at the 8:13 mark.
The Rams took a game-high 31-point lead when senior guard Megan Finn (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) sank a free throw to make it an 85-54 affair with 4:01 remaining.
After scoring two points in the opening 20 minutes, Morris shot 5-of-7 from the field in the second half to lead all players with 11 points.
Philadelphia shot 62.5 percent (20-of-32) during the second half and forced 11 Chestnut Hill turnovers.
In the first half, the Rams owned a 20-10 advantage when sophomore forward Alex Heck (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood) drained two free throws at the 8:22 mark. Chestnut Hill closed within one point (27-26) when Brittany McDonough hit a 3-pointer with 3:48 left. Philadelphia led 38-33 at the break.
Sophomore guard Bria Young (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) came off the bench to record 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Junior guard Monica Schacker (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) added 13 points, while sophomore forward Tori Arnao (Newtown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Tenisha Townsend-Mobley paced Chestnut Hill with 14 points and five rebounds. Aimee Bouie chipped in with 12 points.
Philadelphia finished the game shooting 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from the field, while Chestnut Hill shot 40.0 percent (22-of-55). The Rams owned a 46-31 rebounding advantage, including a 17-7 cushion on the offensive end.
The Rams return home to face Nyack in a CACC contest on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.