WASHINGTON – After opening the tournament with a loss to Misericordia, Catholic obtained its first win of the season with an 85-47 win over Rowan during the two-day Scotty Wood Tournament in Allentown, Pa.
In the final game of the weekend, Jayni Webster, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, finished with a team-high 21 points, while Emily Grabiak recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Liz Briones added 10 rebounds to the effort.
CUA hit the contest with an impressive offensive and defensive energy, holding Rowan to a 19-0 deficit well into the first half of the contest.
The Cards maintained their offensive edge throughout the half receiving the majority points from the bench (13) and off of turnovers (10).
Catholic expanded their command of the contest after the halftime intermission, pacing to a 13-7 run for a score of 50-27.
As the CUA offense went silent for a short three minutes, Rowan was able to come within 11 points, nonetheless their run was short lived and Catholic went on to defeat Rowan by 38 points, 85-47.
Catholic's second-half success came from points in-the-paint (26) and once again from the bench (20).
CUA began the tournament with Friday's 74-58 loss to Misericordia. The Cards put forth their best offensive effort in the last four minutes of play with a 15-2 run, Nicole Tollevsen led the run with a long-range basket and layup assisted by Bernadette Launi.
Josephine Migash and Melissa Errico led the team with double-figure outings with Migash recording 13 points and Errico finishing with 11 points. Offensive conductor Grabiak distributed six assists. Launi pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while Liz Briones, Webster and Grabiak grabbed six boards apiece.
The Cougars, who outscored the Cards 42-26 in the first half of play, pounced to an early 10-pount lead in only seven minutes of action.
CUA's Migash paced the Cardinals on 8-2 run to come with four points for the smallest margin lead in the first twenty minutes of play.
Misericordia maintained its first half momentum following the halftime intermission, reaching a game-high 29-point margin lead despite Catholic matching the Cougars' scoring with each team tallying 32 points in the half.
Catholic continues November travels with a Thursday, Nov. 21 hardwood matchup at Bridgewater (Va.) tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.