WASHINGTON – Catholic University junior Josephine Migash (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and sophomore Melissa Errico (Harrington Park, N.J./Old Tappan) provided outstanding outputs over the course of two days to guide the Cardinals to a 53-48 victory the Eagles of Mary Washington on Tuesday afternoon.
The win makes CUA the first team to claim the Jamie Lynn Roberts – Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament title.
In two days of play, Migash and Errico combined for 60 points and 39 rebounds by each scoring 30 points and 18 boards, 30 points and 21 rebounds, respectively.
The duo was also named to the All-Tournament Team with Migash being named tournament MVP.
While yesterday's contest was a short battle for power in the second half, today's contest was comeback effort in the last nine minutes of play against the Eagles' nationally ranked defense.
Catholic trailed the Eagles throughout the first half of competition with UMW reaching an eight-point lead by the half, for a score of 32-24.
With Catholic down by a dozen for a score of 43-31 and 12:59 minutes remaining the second half, the Cardinal defense locked down, as the offense ignited a 15-3 run to tie the contest 46-46. Bridget Power captured the lead for the Cards on a successful long-range basket with less than a minute remaining.
The Eagles came with one at the 44-second mark, but tournament MVP Migash refused to relinquish the lead and scored four unanswered points to capture the 53-48 win.
CUA's Errico tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Migash added a game-high 15 points and three steals to Cardinal effort. Sophomore Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn./Lauralton Hall) scored eight points including on a perfect outing from the charity stripe and a 50 percent finish from the field, alongside her team-high five assists.
The Eagles' offense was led by Brianne Comden with 14 points, while Claire Haeuptle attributed 11 points to the effort.
Melissa Errico - Catholic
Josephine Migash - Catholic
Claire Haeuptle - UMW
Brianne Comden - UMW
Lauren Smicherko - Misericordia
Paige Corvo - Washington & Lee
Josephine Migash - Tournament MVP - Catholic
The Jamie Lynn Roberts – Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament is in honor of Jamie Roberts who was a valued and impactful leader in two proud athletic families. As a three-sport standout and multi-sport captain at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and later as a coach and an assistant in the Catholic University Women's Basketball Program and Sports Information Department. Jamie made it her mission to positively impact the lives and well-being of all whom she came into contact with. Donning her trademark smile, endearing selflessness, and wonderfully magnetic personality, Jamie was quick to lend a hand to any, and all, in need.