WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America women's basketball team clinched the Landmark Conference regular-season title with a road victory at Moravian on Saturday afternoon, 57-54. The No. 23 Cardinals finish the season 13-1 in conference games and 22-3 overall.
It was a corner 3-pointer with 14 seconds left from junior Payton Smith that broke a 54-all tie and sent the Cards back to the DuFour Center with homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs which start this Wednesday at 7 p.m., when Catholic hosts Elizabethtown.
Smith finished the game with 10 points, two 3-pointers and two rebounds. She was one of three Cardinals in double-digit scoring.
Senior guard Michelle DeSantis scored 14 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Rookie Caroline Sullivan came off the bench add matched the team-high with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting. She also added five rebounds two steals and one block.
The game featured six ties and four lead changes. The Cards trailed after the first quarter, but took the lead at the break, 32-30, thanks to a 3-pointer from senior Bridget Power.
Moravian came out hot with a 6-0 run to start the second stanza but Catholic answered with a 6-0 run of their own to retake the lead and held a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
The Greyhounds were able to tie it up at 52-all and again at 54, but Smith's trey proved to be the difference as Power blocked Camille McPherson's potential game-tying 3-pointer.
The Cardinals had nine blocks in the game as senior Melissa Errico posted a game-high five rejections to go along with nine points, two rebounds and three steals.
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