Aston, Pa. - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team topped Neumann University, 85-71, on Saturday afternoon for its seventh win of the season.
Senior Melissa Errico scored a team-high 26 points while pulling down six rebounds and dishing two assists. Fellow senior Michelle DeSantis made a team-high six assits and scored 14 points. Freshman Mollie Reynolds entered in off the bench with 10 points and four rebounds.
Nearly 10-seconds into the game junior Payton Smith made a layup to opened Catholic scoring Quick three-point buckets from DeSantis and classmate Bernadette Launi put the Cardinals ahead 8-0, but Neumann answered with 18 total points in the first period to take an 18-14 led after the opening 10 minutes.
The Knights carried their momentum into the second period outscoring the Cards 23-21 and taking a 41-35 advantage going into the break.
After a Neumann layup to start the third period, Errico put up seven unaswered points to bring Catholic within one point of a tie game (43-42). Freshman Megan Stafford hit a layup and the Cardinsld took a 44-43 lead.
Catholic picked up energy, outscoring Neumann 28-8 in the third period to take a significant 61-49 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
Launi, Reynolds and Smith each scored six points in the final 10 minutes while DeSantis, Stafford and freshman Caroline Sullivan each had two, helping the Cardinals to a 85-71 victory.
Catholic will return home on Sunday, December 18 to face Wesley College at 2:00 p.m.