Selinsgrove, Pa. - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team earned its seventh straight Landmark Conference victory when they the brought down the Susquehanna University River Hawks, 93-62 on Wednesday evening.
Catholic junior Samantha Cowan came in hot off the bench with a game-high and career-high 20-points. Cowan entered the game to score 7-of-11 field goals, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc. She grabbed four rebounds while tallying one steal and one assist.
Starting seniors Michelle DeSantis, Melissa Errico and Bernadette Launi put together a collective 41 points. DeSantis tallied 16 points with five assists, three blocks and six rebounds while Launi scored 14 points with six rebounds and two assists. Errico dished out a team-high seven assists and grabbed seven rebounds while scoring 11 points.
The Cardinals and River Hawks went point-for-point in the first five minutes as a 3-pointer from Launi put Catholic ahead 9-8 with 4:48 to play in the opening quarter. The Hawks matched it with a field goal (10-9) but a layup from freshman Megan Stafford started the Cards on 12-5 run (21-15) in the following four minutes.
With 35 seconds remaining in the first period Susquehanna's Courtney Adams hit a 3-pointer, that brought the River Hawks within three points of the Cards (21-18) at the end of the quarter.
The River Hawks gained speed in the second period, outscoring the Cardinals 22-16 to take a 40-37 lead into halftime. Catholic freshman Mollie Reynolds and Launi each hit 3-pointers in the second quarter while senior Bridget Power scored four points, keeping the Lady Cards within reach of the victory.
Prepared to stay undefeated in conference play the Cardinals pulled ahead in the third period, outscoring the Hawks 29-9. Cowan entered the game with 6:12 to play in the quarter and lit up the hardwood. She shot 4-of-4 from 3-point range to help force a 17-point margin on the River Hawks.
With a 66-44 advantage heading into the final 10-minutes, the Cardinals continued to fight for their victory.
Errico and DeSantis each tallied 10 points in the final quarter while junior starter Payton Smith scored three. The Catholic reserves put together 14 points in the fourth to outscore Susquehanna 27-13 and claim the victory with a 31-point margin.
The Cardinals return to the nation's capital, continuing Landmark play, hosting Juniata College on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.
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