WASHINGTON – In their final regular season home game, the Lady Cardinals (17-5, 10-2) fell to Scranton (20-3, 11-1) 77-66 on Saturday in the DuFour Athletic Center, and drop into a tie for second place with Moravian.
With 6:58 left to play and the game tied at 64-64, the Royals went on a 13-2 run to close out the game and complete the season sweep of the Cardinals.
Jayni Webster led the Cardinal offense with 19 points and four rebounds, she hit five three-pointers in the game and tied her career-high which she set in the previous game against Scranton. Emily Grabiak followed up with 13 points and Josephine Migash added 11 points. Grabiak pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Allison Sweeney hit a three to give the Royals the first lead of the game at 18:55. Catholic responded with a 9-0 run over three minutes behind back-to-back triples from Webster and Michelle Desantis. The teams then traded baskets for the next few possessions, as CUA took a 17-11 lead at the 11:32 mark.
The Royals hit to a 7-0 run to take back the lead at 18-17 with 10:08 on the clock, before Melissa Errico scored four straight points to spark another Catholic run. With 4:02 left in the half, the Royals clawed back again as Sarah Payonk connected on two free throws to close the gap to 30-29.
Seniors Grabiak and Karlyn Dixon combined to score six straight points and give CUA its largest lead of the night, 36-29, at 2:07 before Scranton fought back once again as the Cardinals took a one-point 36-35 lead into the lockerroom.
As the teams hit the hardwood for the second half of play, the Royals took their third lead of the game at 16:15 behind a Sweeney layup. For the next 11 minutes, there were five ties and four lead changes as neither squad was able to pull away by more than three points.
After the 64-64 tie at 6:58, the Royals began to win the battle of the boards, and limited the Cardinals to five one-and-done possessions plus three turnovers to seal the game.
For the game, the Cardinals held a slight 37-36 advantage on the boards. The Royals were able to make the most of the charity stripe, going 24-for-29 at the line and scoring nine more points than the Cardinals, who were just 15-of-21. Catholic tied their season-high with 23 turnovers, while the Royals only committed 16 errors.
The Cardinals wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games, starting with a Wednesday night matchup at Goucher followed by a Saturday contest at Moravian.
Notes: Scranton and Catholic entered the game tied for first place in the Landmark, as each squad was 10-1. With the loss, Catholic drops into a tie for second with Moravian... Prior to the game, CUA's four seniors: Liz Briones, Karlyn Dixon, Emily Grabiak, and student-assistant Tommy Berry were recognized for their contributions to the program.