WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America women's basketball team played an overtime thriller at Gallaudet on Friday night, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Delaware Valley. The two teams battled into extra time but the Aggies were able to take the lead with less than a minute left and hold on for a 64-63 win.
Down by three with 13 seconds left in OT, Bridget Power knocked down two free throws before CUA forced a turnover, but the Cardinals' shot as the buzzer sounded rimmed out as DVU triumphed.
The Cardinals were able to overcome a slow start as they were outscored, 14-6, in the first period and remained down by eight until the fourth. It was a furious comeback in the final quarter the gave basketball fans in the DMV as thrilling end.
Guards Michelle DeSantis and Jayni Webster led the way for CUA with 17 points each. Webster filled the stat sheet with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists. DeSanits was just behind with two treys of her own along with four rebounds, two steals and two assists.
For Delaware Valley, Eireann Anastasi hoisted 23 shots, hitting six from long range for a game-high 28 points. Three Aggies also pulled won 10-or-more rebounds as DVU held a 49-38 rebounding edge in the contest.
CUA's advantage came at the free throw line as the Cards knocked down 17-of-19 from the charity stripe, nine more than DelVal.
Catholic will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow as they continue play at the Gallaudet Tournament tomorrow afternoon. Check back on CUAcardinals.com later tonight for opponent and game time.