#20 Eagles Down Cards
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Catholic University women's basketball team was defeated by the #20 Mary Washington Eagles (14-2, 6-1 Capital Athletic Conference) Tuesday night in Virginia. CUA struggled from the field shooting just 26 percent and had 24 turnovers in the 85-43 loss. The Cardinals' two leading scorers in the game were underclassmen as CUA fell to 11-6 overall, 4-3 in conference.
The Cards shot a miserable 18 percent from the field for the first half after a small lead. Freshman Shea Macdonald (Chantilly, Va/Chantilly High School) hit a three and two free throws at 16:41 to put CUA up by five which would be the Cardinals' first and only lead of the game. A 9-0 run gave the Eagles the advantage which developed into a 32-point lead going into the break.
Macdonald's five points early in the game led CUA for the first twenty minutes. Kerri Pokusa (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) had four points and Justine Gray (Cortdlandt Manor, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) had three for the Cards who scored just 16 overall. CUA's 15 turnovers also hurt as the Cardinals notched 14 rebounds for the half.
The second half was not much of an improvement despite putting on a better performance. CUA shot 32 percent and had just nine turnovers as the Eagles continued to dominate going up by as much as 44 at one point. At the final buzzer the score was 85-43 in favor of UMW.
Pokusa had a career-high 11 points marking the first time in her collegiate career she was the leading scorer. Macdonald was second with nine. Despite the big win, Mary Washington didn't have a standout with 13 players scoring and Sarah Flanagan leading the squad with 13 points. CUA was outrebounded 36-30 and also notched 24 turnovers to UMW's 14.
The Cards will continue their three-game road trip with a CAC contest against St. Mary's on Thursday.