PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team outscored visiting Felician College, 43-10, over the final 15 ½ minutes of its 84-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the Golden Falcons on Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center.
Saturday's first half featured nine ties and eight lead changes, with the teams spending all but two seconds of the period within four points of each other. Despite a half-court buzzer-beating heave by Philadelphia senior Megan Finn (Collegeville, Pa.), Felician (1-8, 1-3 CACC) went into the locker room with a 37-34 advantage.
After the Rams (5-3, 3-0) tallied five consecutive points to assume a brief 41-40 edge with 17 minutes, 51 seconds, to play in regulation, the Golden Falcons embarked on an 8-0 run. Consecutive jump shots by Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, N.J.) (seven points) gave the visitors their largest advantage of the day, 48-41, at the 15:39 mark.
But Philadelphia scored 26 of the game's next 28 points, and Felician was held to three field goals for the duration of the contest. Two Finn free throws tied the score for the 10th and final time at 48-48 with 13:51 to play, and a jumper by Monica Schacker (Doylestown, Pa.) gave the Rams the lead for good at 13:13. By the 6:43 mark, Philadelphia led by 17, and the final 26-margin was the largest spread of the day.
Felician senior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) turned in her second consecutive double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Trina Plummer (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored 15 points, and senior center Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y.) amassed six points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Najah Jacobs (Philadelphia, Pa.) came off the bench to top four double-figure scorers for the Rams with 21 points, while Schacker finished with 17.
The Rams out-shot Felician, 46-38 percent from the floor, including 61-28 percent in the decisive second half. The Golden Falcons committed 29 turnovers, which Philadelphia turned into 27 points.