Lady Cavs clinch playoff berth with win

By Amanda Toth
February 14, 2012

The Lady Cavs defeated Philadelphia Biblical University 79-63 on Senior Day, Saturday, Feb. 11. The victory earned the team a CSAC playoff berth. -- Brooke Famous / Staff Photographer

The Lady Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia Biblical University Crimson Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 11, by a score of 79-63. The win clinched the Lady Cavs a spot in the CSAC tournament. They also brought their record to 9-6 in CSAC play and 11-13 overall.

It was Senior Day at the Nerney Field House and senior forward/guard Jenn Casper was honored in a pre-game ceremony for her career achievements to the team.

The Lady Cavs also participated in the Play4Kay initiative, wearing pink t-shirts during shootaround. Play4Kay is a foundation that raises money for breast cancer research and is part of the Kay Yow Foundation. Cabrini is one of hundreds of schools involved in this great foundation.

Seven times in the first half, Cabrini led by five. The close first half featured six ties, but Cabrini found themselves with a 39-35 lead at the break. The second half would be a different story.

After the Lady Eagles trimmed Cabrini’s lead to one early in the second half, the Lady Cavs took off running on a 16-2 run. From there, they would coast to a 16-point win.

Cabrini would outscore the Lady Eagles in the second half, 40-28. As a team, the Lady Cavs shot 39.7 percent from the floor.

Casper posted 11 points in her final regular season home game. Freshmen forwards Amber Keys and Megan Decker and sophomore guard Leithie Faison tied for a team-leading 12 points, leading a balanced scoring effort for the Lady Cavs.

Defensively, the Lady Cavs were just as strong. Sophomore forward/guard Annie Rivituso posted five rebounds. Faison grabbed a team-high six boards.

When asked how she thought the game went, Faison said she “kept her head in the game and played her hardest.”

The Lady Cavs’ win is their fourth win in a row. After a six-game losing streak to end January, the Lady Cavs remain unbeaten in the month of February.

The Cavs have one more game in the regular season before they begin their quest for a CSAC title. They are scheduled to play a road game against Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m.

The Lady Cavs will learn their first-round opponent then, as they prepare for their first tournament game. The CSAC tournament is scheduled to tip off on Monday, Feb. 20.

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