Catholic Boasts Record Breaking Performances in Colorado

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball team left their impact in the chilly Colorado Rockies, as CUA recorded its first victory with more than 100 points, along with seven student-athletes scored in double figures in a single game and three Cards boasting career-high scoring outings during the Colorado College Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.

CUA split the weekend with a 105-84 win over Carleton on Saturday and a 71-59 loss to Otterbein on Friday.

Brigid Gannon, Melissa Errico and Bernadette Launi each finished the weekend with career-high performances.  Gannon notched the first double-double of her career with a career-high 17 points and 12 boards.  Errico recorded a career-high 17 points, while Launi tallied a career-high six points.

Catholic concluded the two-day event with a triple-digit win over the Knights of Carleton College.

Gannon and Errico led the CUA scorers with 17 points apiece.  Emily Grabiak also recorded a double-double on the weekend with 13 points and 10 assists, while Jayni Webster finished with 14 points, Michelle Desantis tallied 11 points and Josephine Migash rounded out the double figure outings with 10 points.

The Cards shot 65 percent from the charity stripe, 57 percent from the field and 43 percent from the long range.

Catholic seized control of the contest within the first 40 seconds and never looked back.   CUA reached a first-half 15-point margin lead and notched a 20-point lead in the second half before cruising to a final 21-point 105-84 victory.

The Knights' offense was led by Skylar Tsutsui with 29 points followed by Gabbi Stienstra with 16 points and Jenny Ramey with 13 points, while Stienstra pulled down seven boards.

On the first day of Colorado action, CUA dropped a 71-59 decision to the Cardinals of Otterbein in Reid Arena.  In the loss, Gannon came off the bench to record her career-high double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.  Migash and Webster added nine points apiece to the offense. 

Collectively, the Cards shot 76 percent from the free-throw line with Gannon, Grabiak, Desantis, Webster and Launi notching perfect finishes from the charity stripe. CUA was 24 percent from the field and 20 from three-point range.

In the first 20 minutes of play, CUA and OU were evenly matched varying between 12 lead changes and eight ties.  Two minutes prior to the halftime intermission, Otterbein went on a 7-1 run for the highest margin lead of the half with six points.

The Ohio-based Cardinals continued their offensive dominance well into the second half, reaching a game-high 16-point margin lead.

CUA kicked into gear at the 9:50 mark, chiseling away at the lead on 13-2 run ignited by pair of free throws by Webster.

OU revived its offense in the last five minutes of play and sealed the opening game 71-59.

Four Otterbein student-athletes scored  in double figures including a double-double from Amariah Huck with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Tabatha Piper's 14 points and 10 boards, as Mary Corbett recorded 11 points and Taylor Pifher notched 10 points.

Catholic returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 7 for the home-opener and conference-opener against the Bears of Drew University at 6 p.m.

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