Waterbury, Conn. - The Holy Family University women's basketball team had three players score in double figures as the Tigers defeated Post University by the score of 75-63 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon at the Drubner Center.
Holy Family, ranked eighth in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 19-2 overall and 13-1 in the CACC. The win marked the Tigers seventh straight victory. Post is now 10-12 overall and 8-7 in conference play.
Senior Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) led all scorers with a game-high 27 points after shooting 11-of-15 from the field. Mann also converted 5-of-9 from the free throw line. She also grabbed seven rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded three steals. Fellow classmate Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) tallied a season-high 16 points in the victory. Cruz knocked down a pair of three-pointers and shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Junior Mary Ellen McCollum (Abington, Pa./St. Basil Academy) also scored a season-high as she contributed 15 points after shooting 5-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. McCollum converted all three of her free throw attempts and dished out three assists. Senior Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) finished with a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and a pair of steals.
For Post, graduate student Monique Chance recorded a double-double after scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. She also blocked a pair of shots on the defensive end. Freshman Hailey Griffin led the Eagles with 15 points after shooting 6-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Jacquelynne Pugh added 13 points, while junior Aubrey Latham contributed ten points.
Holy Family led nearly the entire game except for the short moment in the first half when the game was tied at 2-2. The Tigers opened the game with a 13-2 run after Cruz knocked down a three-pointer at the 15:19 mark.
Holy Family would go on to lead by as many as 16 points in the first half after a layup by Mann made the score 24-8 with 10:57 to play until halftime. Post cut the Tigers' lead to as low as eight points on two separate occasions, however Holy Family increased the lead back to double-digits to lead 37-26 at the half.
In the second half, Holy Family maintained its double-digit lead the rest of the way and even led by as many as 21 points twice during the course of the half. A jumper by sophomore Reagan Jewell (Winooski, Vt./Rice Memorial) gave the Tigers a 54-33 lead midway through the half. Jewell finished the game with four points (2-3 FG).
The Holy Family defense forced 21 turnovers and held Post to just 37.9-percent shooting from the field.
Holy Family is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 as the Tigers host cross-town rival Philadelphia University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday's game is also 'Pack the House' Night at the Campus Center. For more information visit the official website for Holy Family athletics at http://athletics.holyfamily.edu (.)
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