WASHINGTON – For their sixth consecutive victory, the Catholic University women's basketball team turned a 12-point first-half deficit into an 18-point victory over the Griffins of Gwynedd-Mercy on Monday, Jan. 6 at the DuFour Athletic Center.
While, Emily Grabiak led all scorers with 26 points, freshman Bernadette Launi provided an outstanding performance notching the first double-double of her career with 15 points and 12 rebounds, along with a perfect 3-of-3 outing from behind the arc. Grabiak earned 12 of her 14 points from the charity stripe for an 86 percent shooting percentage from the free-throw line. The Landmark Player of the Week (Jan. 6) also guided the steals category with a team-high five. Josephine Migash rounded out the double-figure outings with a season-best 17 points.
Collectively, the Cards finished 77 percent from the free-throw line, 50 percent from long range and 44 percent from the field.
Gwynedd-Mercy took an early 12-point lead by the 11:27 mark, monopolizing on CUA's sluggish offensive start. After cutting the Griffins' lead to seven, G-MC seize their final 12-point lead of the night at the 7:19 mark.
Grabiak ignited a seven-minute 21-5 run to finish the first 20 minutes of play with a score of 40-34.
The Cardinals carried their offensive surge into the second half of play for a final 86-68 victory.
Four Griffins scored in double figures with Lauren Smith leading the visiting squad with 24 points on a perfect 4-of-4 outing from the free-throw line. Nicole Dougherty added 13 points, as Kelsey Yori and Natasha Matthews concluded the night with 10 points apiece. Nicole Dombrowski pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Yori circulated four assists and Jordan Dominic grabbed three steals.
CUA advances to 8-3 on the season, as Gwynedd-Mercy drops to 4-8.
The mighty red and black hits the conference road on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Merchant Marine with a 4 p.m. tipoff.