Cardinals Avenge Saints in 77-67
CUA has five in double digits
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball starting lineup did its job Wednesday night in a 77-67 rout of the Marymount Saints (12-8, 7-3 Capital Athletic Conference). All five starters scored in double digits for a squad that has seen its share of changes after losing All-CAC forward Kristen Linderoth (Silver Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) to a season-ending injury a few weeks ago. Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led the way with 22 for the Cardinals who improved to 13-7 for the season and 6-4 in the CAC.
After Marymount scored the first two points, CUA took over. The Saints tied it up at 13:06 but once again CUA pulled away using a 14-2 run making it 33-18 with six minutes remaining. Six of six shooting from the line in the closing minutes of the first half gave CUA a comfortable 43-27 lead going into the break.
DeBorger had 15 in the first while freshman Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) added seven. Senior Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./LaSalle Academy) had five points but also added five assist in the period. The Cards shot 54 percent and had just four turnovers while the Saints hit 40 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers. CUA was outrebounded 20-12.
Balanced scoring in the second half proved to be the key as the Cards used a total team effort to get the victory. Going up by as much as 19 to start the period, CUA saw its lead dwindle to just five points with five minutes to go but held string on defense. With the Saints forced to foul for possession, the Cards sank their final seven of eight charity shots for the 77-67 win.
DeBorger had 22 to lead all scorers and the remainder of the starting five rounded it out with 15 for Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation), 13 for Justine Gray (Somersn. N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic), 12 for Rojas and 11 for Robinson. CUA shot 49 percent for the game and had a season-low seven turnover despite getting outrebounded 38-24.
The Cards will have the weekend off before taking on Randolph-Macon at home on Monday at 7:00 p.m., for their final non-conference contest of the season.