CUA Buries Goucher 67-49
Cards snap two-game losing streak
TOWSON, Md. - The Catholic University women's basketball team got back on track with a 67-49 victory over the Goucher Gophers Saturday evening in Maryland. The Cards were down at the half but manufactured a strong second period to win. CUA improved to 12-7 for the season and 5-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference while Goucher dropped to 3-14, 1-8 in the CAC.
The Cardinals jumped out with the lead on a 12-0 run that included two Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) three's but just as quickly the Gophers came back. The Cards slowed the tempo and used a set offense to generate points but when either squad would begin to run sloppy passes and hurried shots worked to Goucher's advantage keeping it close. A disparity in fouls also sent the Gophers to the line 18 times in the first half where they generated 13 points and went up. With the lead shifting on almost every possession CUA entered the break down 31-27 after the Gophers were award free throws on the final play of the game with no time remaining.
Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./LaSalle Academy) and DeBorger each scored eight points to lead the Cards in the first half while Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) added six and as many rebounds. CUA outshot Goucher 39 to 33 percent but had just 16 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
The Cardinals started out the second half much like the first with a 12-2 run making it 39-33 five minutes in. Unfortunately as they began to pull away the Gophers hit a three to get right back in the game. The Cards were up by four with nine minutes remaining and the Gophers putting on the full-court press. After breaking through the pressure freshman forward Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) provided a spark sinking a three. DeBorger followed suit two minutes later to keep the lead but Goucher wouldn't go quietly. On the next possession Robinson made her second three of the game and got a steal to put CUA up 53-44.
The Cards managed to maintain a substantial lead despite Goucher's trapping defense in the corners. And with the Gophers forced to foul CUA came away with the 67-49 win.
The Cards showcased an all-around effort with DeBorger leading the squad scoring 20, Rojas netting 16 and Mertz finishing with 11. Mertz was also dominant in the paint with 10 rebounds for the double-double. CUA shot 57 percent in the second half to have 47 percent shooting for the game. Amber Smith led Goucher with 12.
The game marks the end of the Cards' tough three-game conference road trip. CUA will return to the DuFour Center on Wednesday for a game against Marymount at 6:00 p.m. The contest will be a historic day for the entire university as the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell will unveil the new CUA tagline at halftime of the men's game.
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