WASHINGTON - Senior Michelle DeSantis of The Catholic University of America women's basketball team became the 20th member of the program's 1,000-point club during the team's 66-60 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy.
DeSantis totaled a team-high 23 points, to bring career total to 1,012-points, as the Cardinals remain undefeated at 4-0 for the 2016-17 season.
The Bears took a 10-point lead in the first period, as they opened the game with five unanswered points and finished the first 10-minutes with a 20-10 advantage.
The Cardinals closed in on the Bears during the second period and outscored USCGA 18-6. Tied at 26-points apiece and just two seconds remaining in the first half, senior Bernadette Launi sunk a jumper to put Catholic ahead before the break.
The Cardinals would not relinquish their lead as they took the court in the second half. Catholic outshot Coast Guard, 19-10, in the third period but Coast Guard regained momentum in the fourth. Despite a renewed effort from USCGA, the Catholic margin proved too big to close as the Cardinals captured the six-point victory.
The Catholic defense was a dominant force, aiding in the nonconference victory. It tallied 25 defensive rebounds and 16 steals throughout the 40-minute contest. Launi grabbed a team-high seven total rebounds while fellow senior Melissa Errico pulled down five. Freshman Taylor Dunn recorded a career-high four steals, while DeSantis had four of her own.
Along with her 23-points, DeSantis dished out a season-high seven assists while Launi sunk a season-high 15 points.
The Cardinals will remain at home, hosting Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., inside the Raymond A. DuFour Center.