WASHINGTON – With the home court advantage, three Cardinals scoring in double figures, a career-high outing from Michelle Desantis and the second highest scoring outing of the season, top-seeded Catholic defeated the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson 90-71 during the ECAC Division III South semifinal championship contest.
Emily Grabiak, who was one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double, led all scorers with 22 points, as Desantis collected a career-high 17 points on a perfect 3-of-3 outing from three-point range and a perfect finish from the charity stripe. Jayni Webster added 10 points to the offensive effort, while Melissa Errico pulled down eight rebounds and tallied five steals.
In the first 20 minutes of play, CUA reached an 11-point margin lead by the 12:27 mark. Catholic extended the lead to 17 on five made three pointers from five different Cardinals.
On a 15-0 run, The President made phenomenal come back, cutting the lead to a two-point deficit, 39-37.
CUA's Desantis netted a layup and Grabiak scored a pair from the free-throw line for a halftime score of 43-37.
Catholic returned to the hardwood and reestablished a double-figure lead with ease in route to final score of 90-71.
Two W&J student-athletes scored in double figures, Chelsea Apke scored 21 points and pulled down 18, as Valerie Dunlap finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alexa Burzese and Kara Seamon added to the offense with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Cardinals return to the DuFour Athletic Center to taken on No. 2 McDaniel, who defeated No. 4 St. Vincent College 77-70.