Scranton, Pa. – The Catholic University of America women's basketball team concluded the regular season with a 76-49 loss to the University of Scranton on Saturday afternoon.
With the setback, CUA drops to 17-8 on the year and 11-5 in the Landmark, while Scranton improves to 23-2 overall, 15-1 in the league and clinches the No. 1 slot in the conference standings.
CUA sophomore Michelle DeSantis led the squad with eight points on a perfect outing from the charity stripe and from behind the arc. Melissa Errico added seven points to the Cardinal offense and collected three steals.
The Royals took the lead within the opening of the contest and never looked back, reaching a 20-point lead in the first half and a 38-point lead in the last 20 minutes of play.
Four Scranton student-athletes scored in double figures with Meredith Mesaris notching a game-high 23 points, Noelle Alicea added 17 points, Lia DiSciascio tallied 16 points and Lindsay Fluehr recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
Statistically, Catholic shot 70 percent from the free-throw line (16 of 23), 28 percent from the field (16 of 57) and 10 percent from long range (1 of 10), while Scranton finished the contest at 78 percent from the charity stripe (14 of 18), 52 percent from three-point range (12 of 23) and 48 percent from the field (25 of 52).
The Cardinals will face the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at the DuFour Athletic Center. CUA defeated E-Town during their first meeting this season, with a 71-56 win in the Nation's Capital on Tuesday, Jan. 6. But, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Blue Jays conquered the Cards 63-58 in Elizabethtown, Pa. Elizabethtown enters the contest with a record of 18-6 overall and 11-5 in the conference.