Saints' Second Half Surge Defeats CUA
Rojas leads the Cards with 14
ARLINGTON, Va. - Most people know the saying "when it rains, it pours". The Catholic University women's basketball team (4-3, 2-1 CAC) experienced that firsthand Wednesday evening in a 72-59 loss to the Marymount Saints (4-3, 2-1 CAC). The Saints took over in the second half draining 50 percent of their three's and outrebounding the Cards 21-13, while CUA had ten turnovers and went 1-3 from the line.
The teams traded baskets during the first ten minutes with neither able to take a strong lead. At 9:15 Marymount made it 16-15 before CUA took over for the remainder of the half. Two made free throws by Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) and a layup by Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) put CUA by four which they were able to maintain going into the half up 30-26.
The Cards spread the scoring around in the first half using strong cuts down the lane for easy layups and three point shooting. The three seniors DeBorger, Mertz and Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./La Salle Academy) each had six points in the half as well as freshman Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin). CUA shot 40 percent in the half including a 3-8 showing from beyond the arc.
The second half, however, was a very different story. Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) hit a three to go up seven but that would be the end of Catholic's good fortune. With CUA up 37-35, the Saints went on a 10-0 run before Mertz hit a three to stop the bleeding.
CUA used a long range attack to attempt to even the score as Rojas hit a three to bring the team within five but a string of Cardinal turnovers quickly made the deficit as much as 13 with four minutes to play. The Cards got within five with two minutes remaining on a three by Justine Gray (Somers, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) but again CUA gave up some layups to eventually fall 72-59.
Rojas led the Cards with 14 points, Mertz had 13 and Linderoth added 11. DeBorger was the leading rebounder with five and Rojas notched a handful of assists. Despite a tough second half, the Cards shot 43 percent for the game but a dismal 50 percent from the line. Leading the Saints was Tara Eddy with 22.
CUA will play one final game before the holiday break hosting Stockton College on Saturday at the DuFour Center. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.