Copyright 2016; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. File photo of Ashri Broadwater against Concordia.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - After a quick start on the offensive end, the Wilmington University women's basketball team couldn't keep up with Philadelphia, 61-53, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division tilt at the Gallagher Center on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (10-11, 5-7 CACC) started the game shooting 8-for-11 from the field, holding onto the lead for the majority of the first quarter. But the basket seemed to shrink on the visitors, as they shot 7-for-36 from the field beginning with the final 1:45 of the first quarter through the end of the third quarter.
The Rams (16-5, 12-0 CACC) also started hot, hitting shot for shot with the Wildcats through the first quarter. Philadelphia shot 9-for-16 in the first quarter and scored the final six points of the frame to take a 20-18 lead into the second quarter.
With the lid closed on the Wildcats' offensive basket, the Rams took advantage and continued to shoot 45.45 percent from the floor through the first three quarters, expanding the lead with scores of 19-8 in the second quarter and 15-9 in the third quarter. The Rams gained their largest lead of the game, 54-31, with 1:52 left in the third quarter.
Down 58-37 early in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats began their fourth quarter comeback, scoring the next six consecutive points and going on an 11-2 run overall to cut the deficit to 60-48. Lindsay Bradford started the spark with a pair form the free throw line before Auryonah Nash and Ashri Broadwater made back-to-back layup for the quick 6-0 spurt. Another personal 4-0 run by Broadwater followed by a free throw from Zameria Jones had the score to 60-48, but with only 32 seconds left. Macy Robinson hit the team's lone three-pointer of the game with 15 seconds to play before Jones settled the final score with a layup in the waning seconds, 61-53.
Broadwater paced the Wildcats with 14 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. Jordan Hawkins chipped in with nine points while grabbing a team high 10 rebounds and picking up three blocks.
The Wildcats shot 35 percent (21-for-60) from the floor for the game while the Rams went 22-for-56 (39.3 percent) for the game, including just 2-for-12 in the fourth quarter to allow the Wildcats to get back into the contest. The Rams also hit five three-pointers to the Wildcats' one.
Wilmington remains on the road to close out the month of January, as they head to Dominican on Saturday for a CACC cross division contest. The women begin the CACC doubleheader with a 1:00 p.m. opening tip.