Madison, N.J. - No. 25 The Catholic University of America women's basketball team won its 10th Landmark Conference game as the Cardinals scored 69 points and held Drew University to 39.
Catholic seniors Bernadette Launi and Michelle DeSantis totaled a game-high 15 points each while sophomore Payton Smith racked up 11. Launi dished out five assists while fellow senior Melissa Errico pulled down nine rebounds and registered two steals.
Freshman Caroline Sullivan entered off the bench to match Errico's rebounds with a career-high nine of her own. Additionally, Sullivan recorded a game-high three blocks.
The Cardinals shot 73.7% (14-of-19) from the free throw line. DeSantis made 4-of-5 while Errico, Smith and freshman Taylor Dunn each went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
No. 25 Catholic, now 19-2 overall, took a quick 10-3 advantage in the opening five minutes. Smith and DeSantis each put up two fouls shots while freshman Megan Stafford sank two layups and Errico made a field goal to earn the Cardinals' first 10 points. Drew went on a 12-9 run to close the first quarter trailing by just a three-point margin, 19-15.
The Cardinals tallied 21 points in the second period for their highest scoring quarter and held the Rangers to 10 points. They advanced the lead to 40-25 before the intermission as Smith knocked down two 3-pointers and senior Bridget Power also hit one from behind the arc.
Returning from the break, the Cardinals doubled the 15-point margin. Catholic outscored Drew 16-6 in the third quarter and 13-8 in the fourth for the 30-point victory (69-39).
Catholic returns home to continue conference play and hosts Susquehanna on Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m., inside the DuFour Center.
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