Shepherdstown, W.Va. - Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored a game-high 18 points to help lead the Holy Family University women's basketball team to a 68-44 victory over Shepherd University in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.
Holy Family, ranked 10th in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 10-1 overall after winning its tenth straight game. Shepherd is now 2-5 overall.
Mann finished with 18 points to lead all scorers as she scored in double-figures for the ninth time this season. She shot 8-of-13 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior Molly Hanlon (Narberth, Pa./Lower Merion) finished with eight points and four rebounds, while fellow classmate Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) contributed seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Senior Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) added nine points and four rebounds off the bench for the Tigers, while junior Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) finished with eight points. Fellow junior Katie Duma (Poestenkill, N.Y./Averill Park) added six points and six rebounds off the bench.
For Shepherd, sophomore Alex Weakland led the Rams with ten points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Senior Emily Daniel added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds, while fellow classmate Alex Tamez added eight points.
Holy Family led the entire game except for the short time in the first half that the score was tied 2-2. The Tigers opened the game with a 16-5 run to take a double-digit lead after junior Carolyne Heston (Feasterville, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) scored a jumper at the 12:47 mark.
Holy Family led by as many as 16 points in the first half and took a 34-21 lead into the locker rooms at halftime after limiting the Rams to only 25.9-percent shooting from the field. The Tigers also forced 14 turnovers in the half and 25 for the game.
Holy Family maintained its double-digit lead the entire second half as the Tigers outscored the Rams, 34-23. Holy Family capped the scoring with :15 seconds remaining in the game after sophomore Reagan Jewell (Winooski, Vt./Rice Memorial) drained a three-pointer to give the Tigers' their biggest lead of the game with a 24-point advantage.
The Tigers finished the game shooting 40.9-percent from the field, while limiting Shepherd to 27.1-percent for the entire game.
Holy Family is back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 as the Tigers travel to face the University of the Sciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
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