Lakewood, N.J. - Seniors Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) and Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) each recorded double-doubles as the Holy Family University women's basketball team defeated Georgian Court University by the score of 75-60 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Wednesday night at the Wellness Center.
Holy Family, ranked 14th in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The win marked the Tigers fifth straight since dropping their season opener to #2 Bentley University. Georgian Court is now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in CACC action.
Brady led the Holy Family offense with a career-high 23 points after shooting 10-of-17 from the field. Brady also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season. Mann also recorded her third double-double of the season as she recorded 18 points and ten boards. Mann also shot 8-of-11 from the free throw line and blocked six shots on the defensive end.
Senior Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) came off the bench and supplied the Tigers with 11 points, while fellow classmate Molly Hanlon (Narberth, Pa./Lower Merion) contributed ten points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
For Georgian Court, senior Shauneia McPhearson led the team with 16 points and came one rebound shy of a double-double as she grabbed nine boards. Fellow classmate Ebony Sellers finished with 15 points and dished out eight assists. Sellars also recorded six rebounds and four steals. Christina White recorded a game-high 14 rebounds.
Holy Family led from the opening tip to the final horn as the Tigers opened the game on an 8-0 run. Georgian Court would answer with an 8-2 run to come within two points of the Tigers' lead (10-8) at the 14:54 mark of the half.
However, that would be as close as the Lions would get as Holy Family used a 12-2 run over the next three-plus minutes to take a 22-10 lead.
Both teams shot identical 15-of-38 from the field in the first half, however the Tigers knocked down five three-pointers and shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The Lions were 1-of-6 from deep range and only converted 2-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe in the first half.
Holy Family took a 42-33 lead into the locker rooms at halftime and would go on to increase its lead to as many as 20 points late in the second half. Cruz converted a pair of free throws at the 5:16 mark to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the game, 68-48.
Holy Family shot 50-percent from the field in the second half, while its defense limited Georgian Court to only 28.6-percent shooting.
Holy Family is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 1 as the Tigers host Dominican College in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
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