WASHINGTON – The Catholic University women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Seagulls of Salisbury University 63-36 in a mid-week home matchup at the DuFour Athletic Center on the Franny Murray Court.
Cardinals' sophomore Melissa Errico (Harrington Park, N.J. / Old Tappan) led the squad with 10 points. Junior Kristen Walheim (Malverin, Pa. / Villa Maria Academy) tallied a team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn. / Lauralton Hall) circulated five assists and freshman Payton Smith (Spring Lake Heights, N.J. / St. Rose) collected three steals.
By the half, the Cardinals trailed 30-19, as the Seagulls capitalized on CUA's early turnovers, scoreless opening five minutes of action and their full-court press defense.
Josphine Migash put Catholic on the board at the 15:47 mark with a jumper that ignited an 8-4 run, bringing CUA within one for a score of 10-11.
SU regained its dominance and paced to a 17-6 run, consisting of three long range baskets from Anna Hackett, who was 4 of 5 from behind the arc, a single three-pointer from Sarah Seipp and three free throws. The run led to a first-half high 14-point margin lead with 1:40 remaining.
With 46 seconds left before halftime the Cardinals put together one last successful play, with DeSantis kicking the ball out to Walheim, who drained a three-pointer for a first-half score of 30-19.
Regrettably after the breather, the Seagulls upheld their lead and reached a second-half high 28-point lead before capturing the 63-36 win.
SU's Hackett finished the evening with a game-high 26 points, as Seipp and Julia McLaughlin scored nine points apiece. Mclaughlin also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and four steals, while Seipp distributed four assists.
By the numbers, Catholic provided a perfect output from the free-throw line (10 of 10), shot 24 percent from the field (12 of 50) and 18 percent from behind the arc (2 of 11). Salisbury was 54 percent from the charity stripe (7 of 13), 42 percent from the field (25 of 60) and 27 percent from three-point range (6 of 22).
CUA closes out the month of November by hosting Bridgewater (Va.) on Sunday, November 23 and No. 1 FDU-Florham on Sunday, November 30. Both games tipoff at 2:00 p.m. at the DuFour Athletic Center.
Notes: Catholic entered the contest ranked No. 4 in the Atlantic region, while Salisbury was ranked No.5 in the same NCAA Regional Ranking.