Wilmington, Del. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team clinched the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South Division Title after defeating Goldey-Beacom College in conference contest by the score of 69-58 Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones College Center.
Holy Family, ranked sixth in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, wraps up the regular season with a 24-2 overall record and 18-1 in the CACC. The win secured the top-seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament as well as the Tigers' sixth straight South Division Regular Season Title and 13th consecutive overall. The conference switched to division play beginning with the 2007-08 season.
Goldey-Beacom concludes the regular season at 19-9 overall and 16-3 in conference play. The Lightning clinched the No. 2 seed in the South Division. The loss ended Goldey-Beacom's nine-game winning streak.
Holy Family had four players score in double-figures to pace the offense, including senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) who recorded her seventh double-double of the season and second straight. Brady scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. She also recorded a game-high five steals.
Senior Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) led all scorers with a game-high 15 points after draining five three-pointers (5-9). Fellow classmateErin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) contributed 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, while junior Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) tallied 14 points.
Juniors Katie Duma (Poestenkill, N.Y./Averill Park) and Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) each added six points a piece in the victory. Serratelli also dished out a game-high five assists.
Senior Irene Hudson lead the Lightning with a team-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Fellow classmate Ashley Rosario finished with 11 points, while sophomore Chelsea Grover added ten points off the bench. Senior Devonne Richardson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points and four assists.
Holy Family led the entire way after jumping out to a 10-1 lead to start the game. The Tigers' defense held Goldey-Beacom without a field goal for the first 10:18 of the game. Hudson scored the Lightning's first basket at the 9:42, while Holy Family held a 20-8 lead.
Holy Family led by as many as 17 points late in the half after Duma drained a three-pointer to make the score 28-11. The Tigers would go to take a 35-20 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.
Holy Family knocked down four three-pointers in the first half and limited Goldey-Beacom to only 18.5-percent shooting from the field (5-27).
In the second half, Holy Family knocked down six more three-pointers, including one of Cruz's five three-pointers at the 16:04 mark to give the Tigers' their biggest lead of the game. Cruz's three made the score 45-26 as Holy Family led by 19 points.
Holy Family drained six three-pointers in the second half (6-13) and finished the game with ten three-pointers. As Holy Family remained hot from deep range, Goldey-Beacom began heating up offensively as the Lightning shot 45.7-percent from the field in the second stanza.
The Lightning went on 23-11 over the next 11:12 to cut the Holy Family lead to seven points after a pair of free throws by senior Jacinda Jones made the score 56-49 with 4:16 to play.
Holy Family quickly responded and scored five straight points, including another three by Cruz to make the score 61-49. Cruz's final three-pointer of the game gave the Tigers a 12 points lead.
Goldey-Beacom managed to cut the lead back down to single digits on two separate occasions down the stretch, however Holy Family shot 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 2:49 to secure the victory.
Holy Family, winners of 12 straight games, will host Bloomfield College on Saturday, March 2 in the quarterfinals of the CACC Tournament. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. The Deacons earned the No. 4 seed from the North Division after finishing conference play with a 9-10 mark.
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