Rutherford, N.J. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team extended its current winning streak to nine games after defeating Felician College by the score of 66-57 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) road contest Sunday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Holy Family, ranked eighth in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches Poll, improves to 21-2 overall and 15-1 in the CACC. The win marked the team's ninth straight as the Tigers continue to maintain their slight lead over Goldey-Beacom College (13-2) in the CACC South Division. Felician is now 6-16 overall and 6-9 in conference action.
Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) led the Holy Family offense with a game-high 28 points to go along with five rebounds. Mann shot 9-of-20 from the field and converted 10-of-13 from the free throw line. She also recorded five steals and blocked three shots on the defensive end.
Juniors Katie Duma (Poestenkill, N.Y./Averill Park) and Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) each scored nine-points a piece in the victory. Duma shot 2-of-4 from the field and was 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with five points, while fellow classmate Molly Hanlon (Narberth, Pa./Lower Merion) contributed seven points, four rebounds and a team-high seven assists.
For Felician, junior Trina Plummer led the Golden Falcons with a team-high 23 point (9-17 FG) to go along with five rebounds a two steals. Sophomore Ashley Morris shot 4-of-5 from the field to finish with 11 points. Morris also grabbed eight rebounds. Junior Jac'Quel Saunders also scored in double-figures with ten points, while fellow classmate Keisha Jean-Louis recorded a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Holy Family opened the game on an 13-1 run and led by as many as 13 points after a three-point play by Hanlon made the score 16-3 at the 12:54 mark of the half. Mann scored eight of the team's first 13 points during the initial run.
Felician responded and came within four points of the Tigers' lead after Plummer scored a layup to make the score 18-14 near the midway point of the half. However, Holy Family scored seven straight points to increase its lead back to double-digits after Mann split a pair of free throws to make the score 25-14 with 6:47 left until halftime.
As the half progressed, Felician began chipping away at the Tigers' lead and cut the deficit to four points after Plummer knocked down a last second jumper to close out the half. Plummer's basket made the score 31-27 as the team's entered the locker rooms at halftime.
In the second half, Holy Family maintained its lead until the 11:01 mark when Morris scored a jumper to give Felician its first lead of the game at 41-40.
As the half progressed, with the game tied at 54-54, Cruz knocked down a three-pointer to give Holy Family a 57-54 lead with 3:18 to play. The three-pointer gave the Tigers the lead for good as Holy Family outscored Felician, 12-3, down the stretch to secure the victory.
The Holy Family defense held Felician to only 1-of-5 shooting in the final 3:18 of the game. The Tigers held a huge advantage at the free throw line, converting 26-of-36, compared to only 8-of-10 for the Golden Falcons. The Tigers also forced 26 turnovers in the victory.
Holy Family is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 16 as the Tigers host Nyack College in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
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