Cards Fall to #1 Scranton
Marks the final game before both teams join the Landmark Conference
SCRANTON, N.J. - The Catholic University women's basketball team (2-2) fell 71-51 to the University of Scranton Lady Royals (2-1) Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Despite a solid effort, CUA couldn't take down the top-ranked team in the nation. The game marked the last time the two teams would meet before becoming conference opponents in the newly formed Landmark Conference.
The Cardinals started out on their heels with a six-minute scoring drought early on giving the Lady Royals an opportunity to take the lead. Scranton caused turnovers and scored in transition to go up by 14 before CUA could get its offense going. At 8:22 Laura Iuliano (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) made a layup to make the score 21-9. It was at this point that Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) took over getting a steal at midcourt and a number of layups to spark the Cards.
Shea Macdonald (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) hit a three putting CUA within nine but turnovers again hurt the Cards giving the Lady Royals some easy layups to make it 38-22 at the half.
The Cards shot 27.6% in the first half going 8-29 from the field. Robinson had eight points and five rebounds and Macdonald added five. Both teams gave the ball away due to aggressive defense with CUA posting 12 turnovers and Scranton nine.
After the CUA post players scoring no field goals in the first half, Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) found their offense in the second half. The posts scored six of the Cardinals' first eight points.
The Lady Royals, however, answered on the outside hitting a trio of three's in the second half and a three point play. Scranton's aggressive defense put CUA in the bonus early and the Cards went on an 8-0 run spending most of their time at the line.
Down by 17, CUA began to gun from the arc trying to make up the deficit. However, the squad couldn't connect and the Lady Royals took advantage of the long rebounds. At the final buzzer, the score was 71-51 giving Scranton the victory.
Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led the Cards with 12 points for the game, all coming in the second half. Robinson added nine points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Remington led the Lady Royals with 10 points. The Cardinals were outrebounded 47-39 and also had a costly 25 turnovers.
After four games on the road, the Cardinals will play their home opener on Wednesday against CAC-foe St. Mary's. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.