News Release

Erin Harvey, Asst. Dir/Compliance/SWA
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Moore’s Career High 24 Points Not Enough to Overcome Holy Family, 88-46

Holy Family 88, Wilmington 42

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - New Castle, DE

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Erin Moore

A slow start loomed large for the Wilmington University women’s basketball team, as the Wildcats fell in an early 10-0 hole to start the game, falling 88-42 to perennial Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference power Holy Family on Thursday night at the Campus Center.

Wilmington (1-9, 0-5 CACC) dropped its seventh straight contest despite a career high 24 points from freshman guard Erin Moore off the bench. Classmate Samantha Retas pulled down double digit rebounds for the second consecutive game, 10, and fourth time on the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers (8-6, 4-1 CACC) raced out to a 42-14 halftime lead and cruised to the finished line.

Moore shot 8-for-14 from the floor, including all three of the Wildcats’ made three pointers. The ‘Cats went 3-for-14 from beyond the arc for the game. Moore also went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds in 26 minutes.

Wilmington was held to two field goals in the first 13:05, both Moore baskets, as the Tigers jumped out to a 27-5 lead with 8:14 remaining in the first half. Moore scored the ‘Cats first 11 points of the game on three three-pointers and a jumper inside the arc before fellow freshman Cari Callaway sank a free throw at the 2:46 mark of the half.

Callaway finished with five points for the Wildcats, adding a block and a steal off the bench. Candace DeShields and Joune Reed chipped in four points each while Reed was second on the team with five rebounds.

It was the second straight contest Retas grabbed 10 rebounds, and the fourth time this season she tallied at least 10. The freshman’s career best was 18 boards in Wilmington’s win over Chaminade at the Hoop ‘N Surf Classic in Hawaii. Retas also pulled down 11 boards against Hawaii Pacific earlier this season.

Holy Family was led by Erin Mann who collected 16 points, all in the first half. Mary Ellen McCollum and Carolyne Heston added 11 points for the Tigers who had 11 different players score on the night.

The team has a quick turnaround as it prepares to take on Caldwell on the road on Saturday in CACC action. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. tip.

(Dan Lauletta)