WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team opened its season at home with a 77-37 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Catholic head coach Matt Donohue utilized his entire bench to capture the 40-point margin during the Cardinals' 2016-17 home opener with every player seeing over five minutes of court action.
Poindexter opened the contest, sinking a jumper just 19 seconds after tip-off. The Cardinals scored six additional unanswered points before the Seahawks got on the board, taking and early 8-2 lead. They notched another 16 points while holding St. Mary's to just one more basket for a 24-4 advantage after the first 10 minutes.
The Cardinals outscored the Seahawks 19-8 in the second period to take a clear 43-12 lead at the halftime intermission.
St. Mary's doubled their score with 12 points in the third period and another 13 in the fourth but it wouldn't be enough to catch the Catholic lead. The Cards pulled away with 34 points in the second half, topping the Seahawks 77-37 at the final buzzer.
Defensively, Catholic recorded an outstanding 21 steals in the 40-minute contest. Freshman Megan Stafford racked up a team-high five steals while junior Payton Smith made four. The Cards pulled down 46 rebounds, collectively. Junior Bernadette Launi grabbed seven, while Stafford had six and Sullivan tallied five.
Senior Michelle DeSantis led the Catholic offense with 13 total points while dishing out a team-high six assists.
Prior to the season opener Catholic and St. Mary's came together as "One Bird Family" in honor of Jamie Lynn Roberts, who tragically lost her life three summers ago. Roberts was a valued and impactful leader in two proud athletic families. She was a three-sport athlete St. Mary's College of Maryland and later an assistant in the Catholic University Women's Basketball Program and the Sports Information Department.
The Cardinals will hit the road, heading to Boston, Mass., to face St. John Fisher College in the opening round of the Emmanuel College Tip-Off Classic on Saturday, Nov., 19 at 1 p.m.
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