Huntingdon, Pa. – With three seconds remaining in the conference contest, Kelsey Livoti of the Juniata Eagles scored a jumper to defeat the Catholic Cardinals 77-76 snapping CUA's seven-game win streak on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
With the loss, CU drops to 12-5 on the year and 6-2 in the Landmark Conference, while Juniata improves to 6-11 and 4-4 in the league.
Despite the loss, first-year Cardinal Payton Smith (Spring Lake Heights, N.J. / St. Rose High School) dropped a career-high 15 points, alongside a game-high 19 points from Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn. / Lauralton Hall) and 11 points from Jayni Webster (Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Country Day Sacred Heart). Josephine Migash (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Trinity) pulled down a team-high nine boards.
Catholic trailed Juniata in the opening minutes, as the Eagles reached an eight-point lead with 15:08 remaining. But, CUA quickly tied the game with an 8-0 run ignited on a layup by Bridget Power (Newtown, Conn. / Newtown).
Despite the run and subsequent tie, the Cardinals were unable to grasp the lead and the Landmark host reached a to 10-point margin lead with a score of 27-17.
By the intermission, the Cardinals had reached their third tie and converted it to a halftime 45-44 lead.
The mighty red and black maintained the lead throughout the entire second half, even reaching a half-high nine-point margin lead on three occasions.
But, with a mere one-point lead on their side and 21 seconds remaining, Juniata scored and sealed the night with a 77-76 Eagles' win.
JC's Katy Leamer topped the Eagles' output with 14 points, as Danielle Atkinson added 13 points and Livoti scored 12 points. Atkinson also pulled down a team-high rebounds.
By the numbers CUA shot 61 percent from the charity stripe (22 of 36), 45 percent from the field (24 of 55), and 40 percent from behind the arc (6 of 15). JC finished the night at 62 percent from the charity stripe (8 of 13), 48 percent from the field (31 of 65) and 32 percent from three-point range (7 of 22).
Catholic returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 with a road trip to Kings Point, N.Y., to take on the United States Merchant Marine Academy at 2:00 p.m.