Seahawks Prove Too Much for Cards
Rojas leads CUA with 13 points
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.. - The Catholic University women's basketball team fell to the St. Mary's College of Maryland Seahawks (8-8, 3-5 CAC) Thursday night at the Sports and Recreation Center. The low-scoring 43-39 loss marked CUA's second in the past two days dropping the squad to 11-7 overall and 4-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The game was also the Cardinals third without sophomore power forward Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) who is out with an injury. CUA is 1-2 without Linderoth down low.
Neither team started out well as the game was deadlocked at 0-0 until 14 minutes in. Allie Scott put in a layup for the Seahawks but CUA's Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./LaSalle Academy) immediately answered with a three to put the Cards ahead. However, the scoring was short lived as both teams went right back into a slump keeping the score at 3-2 until 8:10. Seven quick points including four by senior Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, NY/Holy Trinity) put CUA up and the Cards kept the advantage going into the half up 16-12.
DeBorger and Rojas each had five points to lead the Cards who shot 25 and percent committed 15 turnovers. Fortunately St. Mary's stat sheet looked even worse shooting 16 percent and committing 17 turnovers in the first half.
The Cards managed to maintain their lead for a majority of the second half but at 10:30, St. Mary's made a layup to force the second tie of the contest. It was all downhill after that as the Seahawks used timely scoring and good defense to keep the game out of reach. CUA hit some clutch shots but could never regain the lead eventually falling 43-39.
Rojas led CUA with 13 points four rebounds and seven steals. DeBorger was the second leading scorer with eight. Freshman Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, MD/Catoctin High School) led the Cards with nine rebounds but CUA was still outrebounded 45-38. The Cards did win turnovers committing 25 to SMC's 27.
CUA will close out its three-game road trip with a contest at Goucher on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.