Tigers Battle Past East Stroudsburg, 53-47
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team picked up a 53-47 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg University in a non-conference contest Wednesday night at the Campus Center Gym.
Holy Family, ranked 12th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 1-1 overall, while East Stroudsburg begins its season at 0-1.
Holy Family opened the game on a 10-3 run to lead by as many as seven points in the first half, however cold shooting and turnovers would plague both teams throughout the half.
Despite the struggles, Holy Family maintained the lead for a majority of the half until East Stroudsburg tied and game and took the lead on a basket by sophomore Jessica Martin. Martin's basketball made the score 17-16 with 5:15 to play in the half.
However, Holy Family bounced back and would go on to close out the half on an 8-1 run to take a 24-18 lead into halftime.
Seniors Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) combined for 16 first half points to pace the Tigers. Both players recorded double-doubles with Mann leading the team with 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Brady finished with ten points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
In the second half, East Stroudsburg opened the first nine-plus minutes on an 18-7 run to take a five-point lead after freshman Michelle Boggs split a pair of free throws to make the score 36-31.
Holy Family would respond and eventually erased the Warriors lead for good after junior Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) drained a three-pointer to break a 40-40 tie with 7:36 remaining in regulation. Serratelli's three-pointer made the score 43-40.
The Tigers used a 13-7 run the final 7:36 minutes of the game to pull past the Warriors.
Senior Molly Hanlon (Narberth, Pa./Lower Merion) filled the stat sheet for the Tigers with six points, six steals and five assists. Hanlons' six steals set a new career-high. Serratelli finished with eight points and three rebounds, while junior Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) added eight points and five rebounds to go along with three assists.
For East Stroudsburg, Martin led the team with eight points and nine rebounds before fouling out late in the second half. Freshman Helena Gemmell came off the bench and supplied the Warriors with eight points, five rebounds and five steals.
Holy Family is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 17 as the Tigers host Queens College in a non-conference contest. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.
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