Sparkill, N.Y. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team won its fourth straight game after defeating Saint Thomas Aquinas College by the score of 54-35 in a non-conference contest Monday night at Aquinas Hall.
Holy Family, ranked 14th in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 4-1 overall with the victory marking the team's fourth straight win. Saint Thomas Aquinas falls to 2-4 overall.
Junior Katie Duma (Poestenkill, N.Y./Averill Park) scored a season-high ten points off the bench after shooting 5-of-6 from the field to lead the Tigers' offense. Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) tallied nine points off 3-of-4 shooting from the field to go along with two blocked shots on the defensive end. Junior Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) contributed eight points, while senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) chipped in seven points and six rebounds.
For Saint Thomas Aquinas, senior Shpresa Liharevic led the Spartans with a game-high 13 points to go along with two assists and two steals. Junior Tatyana Crawford finished with a team-best six rebounds and three assists.
The Holy Family defense held Saint Thomas Aquinas to just 16.7-percent (4-24) shooting from the field in the first half limiting the Spartans to only 11 points.
Trailing 5-4 early in the first half, Holy Family used a 15-0 run to pull away from the Spartans to take a 19-5 lead with 7:45 to play in the half. A three-pointer by junior Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) capped the rally.
Holy Family would go on to lead by the score of 23-11 heading into the locker rooms at halftime despite turning the ball over 12 times.
In the second half, Holy Family would increase its lead to as many as 25 points after outscoring the Spartans 19-6 the first 9:23 of the second stanza. Duma paced the Tigers with eight points during the run capping the rally with a layup basket to make the score 42-17.
Holy Family limited Saint Thomas Aquinas to 13-of-51 shooting from the field for the game as the defense forced 20 turnovers.
Holy Family is back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as the Tigers travel to face Georgian Court University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
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