Gwynedd Valley, Pa. – After a nine-day break from competition, the Catholic University women's basketball added their fifth win of the season with a 65-55 over Gwynedd Mercy on Monday, December 15.
With the victory CUA improved to 5-3 on the year, while the Griffin's fall to 3-5 on the season.
Three Cardinal student-athletes scored in double figures, with Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn. / Lauralton Hall) leading the squad with 22 points. Josephine Migash (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Trinity) tallied 14 points, while Melissa Errico (Harrington Park, N.J. / Old Tappan) rounded out the trio with 10 points. Bridget Power (Newtown, Conn. / Newtown) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, all of which were defensive boards. DeSantis and Kristen Walheim (Malvern, Pa. / Villa Maria Academy) circulated three assists apiece, as Migash collected three steals.
Gwynedd Mercy opened the contest with brief lead, until Errico turned things around for the Cards with two consecutive layups for a one-point 9-8 lead at the 13:04 mark.
CUA continued to expand its lead, while the Griffins went scoreless for five minutes of play, laying the path for Catholic to reach an 18-point margin lead by the halftime intermission.
Following the break, Catholic maintained its double-figure lead until GM's offense hit a 12-7 run to come within five for a score of 60-55 by the 3:03 mark. But, another scoring draught from Gwynedd Mercy and five combined points from DeSantis and Migash sealed the 10-point non-conference win, 65-55.
Kelsy Yori led the Griffins with 16 points, while Nicole Dombrowski added 11 points. Charlotte Kucowski pulled down 13 rebounds, as Chandler DiFebbo and Dombrowski distributed three assists apiece.
By the numbers, Catholic shot 68 percent from the charity stripe (13 of 19), 39 percent from the field (24 of 62) and 25 percent from behind the arc. Gwynedd Mercy finished the night at 62 from the free-throw line (8 of 13), 35 percent from the field (20 of 58) and 30 percent from three-point range (7 of 23).
The Cardinals will play their last road game of the year on Wednesday, Decmeber 17 against Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. The Duthchmen are 7-2 on the season with a 77-75 win on Neumann University on Monday, December 15.