WASHINGTON - No. 22 The Catholic University of America advanced its win streak to 11 in a row with a 56-48 Landmark victory over Susquehanna University on Wednesday evening. The Cardinals remain undefeated in conference (11-0) as the win clinches the team spot in the postseason.
Senior Michelle DeSantis posted a team-high 16 points while freshman Caroline Sullivan came off the pine to score 10 of Catholic's 22 bench points. Senior Melissa Errico had a full line with seven points, 11 rebounds, five steals and seven assists.
Susquehanna junior Courtney Adams kept the River Hawks alive with a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds, but the Catholic defense held strong. The Cards stopped the River Hawks' reserves reaching the scoresheet and forced 26 turnovers.
The River Hawks got off to a quick start and led, 8-2, in the first 6:15. A 3-point basket from junior Samantha Cowan brought the Cards back in it, however. Two field goals from DeSantis and a layup from Sullivan ended the opening period tied at 11.
Catholic gave up an early basket in the second quarter, but back-to-back buckets from DeSantis put the Lady Cards ahead 16-13. The Cardinals increased their lead to 28-22 at the halftime break and did not relinquish the advantage through the final buzzer.
The River Hawks tested the undefeated Cardinals by closing the margin to one point, 30-29, in the opening minutes of the third quarter. DeSantis was unwilling to give up the lead and scored seven points in the third, while Errico tallied five as Catholic ended the period with an 11-point advantage, 45-34.
Sullivan totaled four points in the final 10 minutes while classmate Mollie Reynolds scored three as the Lady Cards earned their 11th straight Landmark Conference victory of the 2016-17 season.
No. 22 Catholic will remain in the nation's capital for a nationally-ranked showdown between No. 21 Scranton. All fans are encouraged to show up in their Cardinal best and be part of Catholic's "RED OUT" game! All students wearing red will be treated to free pizza! Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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