Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team won its sixth straight game after defeating visiting Dominican College by the score of 74-48 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Gym.
Holy Family, ranked 14th in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The win marked the team's sixth straight victory. Dominican evens its record out to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the CACC.
Holy Family had a balanced offense as four players led the team with ten points apiece. Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished with ten points to go along with eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals, while juniors Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) and Maggie Serratelli (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) each contributed ten points. Both McCollum and Serratelli drained a pair of three-pointers.
Senior Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) came off the bench to score ten points for the Tigers after draining two three-pointers. Senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) tallied eight points and seven boards, while fellow classmate Molloy Hanlon added nine points and five assists. Junior Carolyne Heston (Feasterville, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) shot 3-of-4 off the bench to finish with seven points.
For Dominican, senior Lindsey Lopez led the Chargers with 11 points. Fellow classmate Shannon Lavelle chipped in nine points, while junior Nicole Welton added eight points off the bench.
With the game tied 11-11 at the 11:49 mark of the first half, Holy Family used an 11-0 run to pull away from Dominican. After a layup by Brady capped the run the Tigers led 22-11 in a manner of less than three minutes.
The Tigers' lead would swell to as many as 20 points before the half was over. A jumper by Heston made the score 38-18 with 2:21 to play until halftime. The Tigers took a 40-22 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
Holy Family shot nearly 50-percent (46.7) from the field in the first half, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Tigers defense forced 13 turnovers and limited the Chargers to just 7-of-25 shooting from the field in the half.
Holy Family finished the game shooting 50.9-percent from the field and 53.8-percent from deep range compared to only 29.8-percent and 32.0-percent respectively for the Chargers.
In the second half, Holy Family controlled the game as the Tigers opened the half on a 15-3 run to lead by 30 points. Junior Katie Duma (Poestenkill, N.Y./Averill Park) scored a layup to make the score 55-25 at the 13:12 mark of the half.
Holy Family led by as many as 31 points (74-43) for the game late in the second half after freshman Sarah Listenbee (Abington, Pa./Abington) connected on a jumper with 2:32 to play.
Holy Family is back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 4 as the Tigers travel to face cross-town rival Philadelphia University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
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