No. 16 Lady Cardinals Downed 73-68 by Panthers

No. 16 Lady Cardinals Downed 73-68 by Panthers

Baltimore, Md. - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team fell, 73-68, to the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in the conciliation final of the Mike Durgala Memorial Tournament at John Hopkins University, Sunday afternoon.

Catholic fell to a quick 21-13 deficit to Pitt-Bradford after the first 10 minute period, but the Lady Cards battled back the following two periods. In the second 10 minutes CUA put up 16 points to close the gap, trailing the Panthers just 33-29 at the halftime intermission.

Following the break, the Lady Cards made five field goals, one three pointer, and nine free throws to get within one point (50-49) of the Panthers heading into the final period. Catholic notch 19 more in the final ten minutes, but Pitt-Bradford would not let the comeback hold as they sunk 23 points for a 73-68 final victory.

Catholic junior Michelle DeSantis posted 23 points for the Lady Cards including eight jumpers, three 3-pointers, and 4 of 4 free throws. Following the contest DeSantis was named to the All-Tournament Team. Junior Bridget Power earned a double-double for Catholic pulling down 12 rebounds while notching 12 points throughout the contest.

Collectively the Lady Cardinals made 91% of their free throw attempts (20 of 22). Senior Josephine Migash sank seven from behind the line while her classmate, Jayni Webster, made three.

Following the contest the CUA women's basketball team was honored with the tournament's Sportsmanship Award.

The Cardinals continue their 2015 campaign when they return home for their home and Landmark Conference opener on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. versus Susquehanna.