Towson, Md. – With 1:53 remaining and the contest gridlocked at 52 points apiece, the Catholic University Cardinals buckled down to capture the squad's fifth straight win of the season with a 57-52 victory over the Goucher College Gophers Thursday night.
With the win, CUA improves to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the Landmark Conference, while GC drops to 4-8 on the year and 0-4 in the league.
Melissa Errico (Harrington Park, N.J. / Old Tappan), who is having a phenomenal sophomore campaign, provided her third consecutive double-figure output with a team-high 13 points. Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn. / Lauralton Hall) and Kristen Walheim (Malvern, Pa. / Villa Maria Academy) added nine points apiece to the win. Bridget Power (Newtown, Conn. / Newtown) governed the rebounding category for the Cardinals at eight.
More than 30 minutes of the conference contest belonged to the Cardinals, as CUA captured and maintained the lead throughout the entire first half. The visiting crew, reached a 14-point margin lead by the 1:21 mark on a impressive 22-10 run. By the intermission, the mighty black and red were ahead of the Gophers 35-26.
After the breather, the Cardinal offense lost a bit of its flurry, declining in every offensive category and scoring 13 points less in the second half.
CUA's offensive setback provided the cushion the Gophers needed to pace to 20-9 run and tie the hardwood match up 46-46 with 9:16 remaining and clinch the first lead of the night.
Nevertheless, Goucher's lead was short-lived as both teams went scoreless for over three minutes, however with Errico going 1 of 2 from the charity stripe and Payton Smith (Spring Lake Heights, N.J. / St. Rose High School) netting a layup Catholic snapped the draught to regain the lead.
GC tied the contest one final time at the 1:53 mark, but with the Landmark host unable score and the combined efforts of CUA's Errico, Jayni Webster (Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Country Day Sacred Heart) and DeSantis, Catholic recorded the win 57-52.
Goucher's Jaida Scarborough guided the Gopher offense with a game-high 14 points on a 3 of 4 outing from behind the arc, as Olivia Nono notched 10 points and pulled down nine boards.
Catholic returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 10, when they head to Madison, N.J., to face the Drew Rangers with a 2 p.m. tipoff.