WASHINGTON – Catholic University's Wednesday Landmark Conference matchup against Susquehanna featured three double figure outputs despite the Cardinals suffering a 76-62 loss to the Crusaders.
With the loss, CUA drops to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in the league for a third place standing, while SU improves to 14-4 and 8-2 on the year for a second place standing.
"I have to give Susquehanna a great deal of credit tonight," said head women's basketball coach Matt Donohue. "They defended extremely well and forced us into to some uncharacteristic mistakes. Susquehanna showed a great deal of toughness and poise throughout the game. They executed well and they deserved to win. They were simply the better team tonight."
CU junior Josephine Migash (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Trinity) led the squad with 21 points and eight rebounds, as fellow classmates Kristen Walheim (Malvern, Pa. / Villa Maria Academy) and Jayni Webster (Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Country Day Sacred Heart) scored 10 points apiece. Sophomore Michelle DeSantis dropped four dimes, along with collecting four steals.
"As the game went on Josie seemed to get more aggressive on both ends of the floor. She never quit at any point and she was relentless out there," said Donohue.
Catholic had a difficult start to the contest, as Susquehanna held the Landmark host to a mere three points for over six minutes of play.
On a 7-4 run, the Cardinals came within four with 7:13 remaining in the contest. Susquehanna maintained the lead and reached a 11-point margin lead by the half for a score of 35-24.
By the intermission, CUA shot 6 of 35 from the field and 0 of 11 from behind the arc and 12 of 17 from the charity stripe.
As the Cardinals output improved in the second half, Susquehanna improved its numbers to maintain the lead and clinch its eighth Landmark win.
"We got away from our game plan tonight, so in timeout situations we simply tried to refocus our players, while reiterating what was working for us. That proved a little more difficult than it usually is tonight," stated Donohue.
Nikki Komara led the Crusaders with 12 points with a perfect 4 of 4 finish from the free-throw line, Jonaida Williams recorded 11 points and Courtney Adams tallied 10 points.
By the numbers, CUA finished the evening shooting 72 percent from the charity stripe (18 of 25), 32 percent from the field (22 of 68), and zero percent from behind the arc (0 of 14). SU shot 71 percent from the free-throw line (15 of 21), 52 percent from the field (29 of 56) and 27 percent from the long range (3 of 11).
CUA returns action on Saturday, Jan. 31 to face the Greyhounds of Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa. The Cardinals defeated the Greyhounds 75-69 on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C., early this season.
"The ultimate hope is that we'll be able to learn from tonight's game and refocus ourselves in practice to prepare properly for Saturday's game," concluded Donohue.