Four was the lucky number for Philadelphia University women's coach Tom Shirley.
Shirley picked up his 600th win with the program with a 76-60 win over Chestnut Hill last night at the Gallagher Athletic Center.
Led by junior forward Christine Wooding (20 points, eight rebounds), the Rams (8-6, 4-3 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak.
"I am 56 years old; I plan on coaching at least until my Social Security check comes in," he joked. "No, in all seriousness, the last 5 to 6 years, we have always had a star - one girl we relied on - but this year we have such a great balance."
Last November, Shirley and men's coach Herb Magee, who have coached a combined 66 seasons at Philly U, became the the winningest coaching duo in college basketball after surpassing 1,500 wins.
"When I first got here, coming from La Salle, I got a chance to pick Herb's immense basketball brain, and that has made a big difference," Shirley said. "This is great, but you don't coach to get to a milestone, you coach because you love basketball . . . Herb is 70 and he is still going strong. I always get reminded that he is driving the bus and I am just the backseat driver; but it's nice to be able to take over - if only for a night."
Ebony Washington led Chestnut Hill (4-11, 2-6) with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
In other women's games:
* At the Palestra, Penn earned its 400th program win with a 45-40 win over city rival La Salle. Alyssa Baron (17 points) and Jess Knapp (13) led the Quakers (6-8), while Caroline Nicholson had 10 rebounds. Ashley Gale had 13 points and Alexis Scott added 10 off the bench for the Explorers (5-13).
* At Temple, Kristen McCarthy (14 points, 11 rebounds) scored her 1,000th point to lead the Owls (12-6, 4-0 Atlantic 10) in a 53-43 win against Saint Joseph's (11-7, 1-3 A-10). Samira Van Grinsven and Kelly Cavallo scored 10 points apiece to lead the Hawks, with Cavallo adding a team-high 10 rebounds.
* At Villanova, Laura Sweeney's 19 points were not enough as the Wildcats fell, 58-53, to Providence. Sweeney was the only player in double figures for Villanova (8-10, 0-5 Big East). The Friars (2-3 Big East), who led by as much as 13, were paced by Mi-Khida Hankins (14 points, 10 rebounds). *