March 13, 2009

Courtesy Holy Family Athletics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The second seeded Holy Family University women's basketball team used its ten day lay-off to its advantage as it defeated seventh seeded Queens (N.Y.) College, 74-43, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament on Friday evening at the Campus Center.

"The girls were very anxious to get back on the court and in competition," said Tigers head coach Mike McLaughlin. "This game had a great college atmosphere. There was good crowd excitement right away during introductions. It was a great atmosphere to be in."

Holy Family (26-5) advances to the second round for the fourth consecutive season and will face third-seeded Stonehill, a 62-58 winner over the College of St. Rose, on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Campus Center.

Forward Melissa Brooks (sr. Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) continued her solid play on the national stage by leading the charge for the Tigers with a game-high 18 points, on 7 of 11 shooting, and seven rebounds.

"I get so much adrenaline going into those games," said Brooks. "

Guard Lauren Peters (fr. Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks W.) added 13 points, two assists and two steals in her first NCAA Tournament game.

"I loved playing in this game," she said. "It was a totally different atmosphere. It was very high intensity and it was a great experience."

Forward Lindsey Tennett (so. Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) came off-the-bench to score 10 points and grab three rebounds. Forward Catherine Carr (so. Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) added nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Center Christine McCollum (jr. Abington, Pa./St. Basil's Academy) recorded a game-high 12 rebounds, nine points, three assists and three steals.

For Queens, guard Amanda Bartlett paced the team with 12 points and five rebounds. Forward Jennifer DiChiara had an 11-point, eight-rebound night.

The Tigers controlled the play inside by out-rebounding the Lady Knights, 41-32, and out-scored them in the paint, 30-8. Holy Family also converted 21 Queens turnovers into 29 points.

Holy Family shot 43.9 percent (25 of 57) from the field at 35.7 percent (5 of 14) from three-point range. Queens connected on 29.2 percent (14 of 48) of its shots and 26.1 percent (6 of 23) of its three-pointers.