By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is one fact that really points out what makes this year’s Philadelphia University women’s basketball special.
Despite a 16-5 record, and a perfect 14-0 mark in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, the Division II Lady Rams have not had anyone selected as the conference’s player of the week this season. That’s not so much a slight as a it is a reflection of the reality that it’s really, really hard to pick just one player that makes this team go.
“I think we have eight starters,” Philadelphia University head coach Tom Shirley tells KYW Newsradio. “And I think the mixing and matching that we can do has really been a key factor for us. You can take somebody out and put another starter in, you can go a little smaller, you can go a little bigger, you can go a little quicker. And I think the ability to have all those pieces has really helped us this year, tremendously.”
The Lady Rams have eight players that average between 18 and 30 minutes a game. All eight average at least 6.9 points, seven have led the team in scoring in a game at least once this season and the leading scorer in the group comes off the bench.
That leading scorer is junior guard Najah Jacobs. The Central High School product pours in 15.4 points a game and mixes a lightning quick first step with an ability to make half her three-point shots (18-36).
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Jacobs says of the season so far. “Just winning games, it’s incredible. I think that we all just want it really bad, so we’re having a lot of fun while we’re doing it.”
Philly U has been a perennial contender during Shirley’s 25 seasons as head coach, but he admits this group is special.