WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Catholic University of America hosted the first day of the 2015 Jamie Lynn Roberts-Fairfield Inn DC Holiday Classic at the DuFour Center on Tuesday afternoon. The women's basketball team came away with a 71-48 victory over the Neumann Knights.
Though Neumann took an early 4-2 lead to start the contest, the Cardinals made a 12-0 run to end the first period and take a lead they would not relinquish.
Catholic brought a 15-point advantage, 32-17, into the break and kept its foot on the gas until the final whistle for the 23-point victory.
12 different Cardinals scored in the contest, led by a game-high 12 points by junior Melissa Errico. Senior Jayni Webster and junior Nicole Tollevsen each added 11, going a combined 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
CUA came up with 17 steals in the game, leading to 23 points off 17 Neumann turnovers. Catholic also assisted on 16 of its 23 made baskets.
While the Cards were limited from the field overall (34%), they were locked in from long range, going 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.
In addition to its halftime lead, the Cardinals ballooned its advantage to 20 points midway through the third period, 42-22, on a free throw by Tollevson. CUA also built its largest lead of 27 after a layup by sophomore Payton Smith made it 65-38 with 3:38 to play.
CUA hosts the second and final day of the Jamie Lynn Roberts-Fairfield Inn D.C. Holiday Classic tomorrow, December 30. King's College (Pa.) takes on Neumann at 1 p.m., before the Cardinals face Gwynedd Mercy at 3 p.m.