Philadelphia, Pa. - Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) recorded her eighth double-double of the season to help lift the Holy Family University women's basketball team past visiting Bloomfield College by the score of 68-48 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Gym.
Holy Family, ranked 11th in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the CACC. The win marked the Tigers fifth overall and the team's 12th straight over the Deacons. Bloomfield is now 9-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
Mann scored 14 of her game-high 27 points in the second half to help fuel the Tigers second half offensive surge. She shot 6-of-7 in the half and finished the game shooting 11-of-15 from the field. Mann also grabbed ten rebounds to go along with three assists and four blocked shots.
Junior Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) also scored in double-figures for the Tigers as she finished the game with 13 points to go along with four rebounds. Serratelli shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, including a perfect 2-of-2 in the second half. Fellow classmate Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) contributed eight points, five rebounds, and a game-high six assists, while senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) added six points, seven rebounds and four assists.
For Bloomfield, freshman Nahja Carter led the Deacons with 12 points after converting 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She also finished the game with a high four steals. Freshman Ariel Wilson added eight points and three steals.
Holy Family found itself trailing by as many as nine points late in the first half on two separate occasions. The latest coming with :57 seconds to play in the half after senior Dre'Shonda Williams drained a three-pointer for the Deacons to make the score 31-22.
However, Holy Family responded with back-to-back three-pointers to cut Bloomfield's lead to 31-28 at the half. Serratelli knocked down a three on the ensuing possession, while McCollum capped the half with a three-pointer with less than four seconds on the clock.
In the second half, Holy Family's offense and defense stepped it up as the Tigers shot 60.7-percent from the field, including 50.0-percent (4-8) from beyond the arc. Holy Family limited Bloomfield to only three field goals the entire second half (3-33) and outscored the Deacons, 40-15. For the game, Holy Family shot 48.2-percent from the field, while Bloomfield finished the game shooting 20.0-percent.
Holy Family opened the second half on a 13-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game to that point after McCollum scored a layup to make the score 41-33 at the 13:54 mark.
From there, the Tigers would eventually increase their lead to over 20 points with 4:51 to play in regulation. A three-pointer by senior Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) made the score 64-43.
Holy Family Family is back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as the Tigers travel to face Wilmington University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 8 p.m.
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