Elizabethtown, Pa. – At the end of 13 ties and 11 lead changes, the Catholic University women's basketball team dropped to 14-7 on the year and 8-4 in the Landmark Conference on a 63-58 loss to the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (14-5, 7-5 LC) on Wednesday evening.
Sophomore Michelle DeSantis (Trumbull, Conn. / Lauralton Hall) led CUA with 20 points, along with 14 points and eight boards from Melissa Errico (Harrington Park, N.J. / Old Tappan) and 12 points and eight rebounds from Josephine Migash. Kristen Walheim (Malvern, Pa. / Villa Maria Academy) pulled down a game-high nine boards, while Bridget Power (Newtown, Conn. / Newtown) gathered a team-best four steals.
Catholic opened the contest pacing to a 14-7 lead by the 13:44 mark and winning the power struggle at the end of two ties during the run.
The third tie at the first half came at the 11:29 mark. CUA and E-Town went point-for-point and gridlocked the contest another six times before a jumper from Errico concluded the first half battle with Catholic up by two 33-31.
By the intermission, the Cardinals outshot the Blue Jays 18 to 8 in the paint and 9 to 1 on second chance opportunities, as the Catholic bench scored nine of the squad's first half points.
While Catholic took another seven-point margin lead in opening minutes of the second half, CUA's shooting from field and Elizabethtown's shooting improvement from three-point range guided E-Town to take the lead after each tie and the subsequent five-point win, 63-58.
Catholic shot 74 percent from the free-throw line (14 of 19), 35 percent from the field (20 of 58) and 27 percent from three-point range (4 of 15). Elizabethtown finished the night at 77 percent from the charity stripe (13 of 17), 63 percent from behind the arc (10 of 16) and 35 percent from the field (20 of 58).
The Cardinals return to the DuFour Athletic Center on the campus of Catholic University on Saturday, Feb. 7 to host the Drew Rangers at 2 p.m.