Cardinals Beat The Pride, 62-55
DeBorger breaks CUA three-point record
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball team handily defeated the Greensboro College Pride (5-4) Monday evening at the DuFour Center. With the win the Cardinals won their fourth straight and improved to 9-4 heading into Capital Athletic Conference play. Senior guard Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, NY/Holy Trinity) hit five three's in the game giving her the all-time CUA career three-point record with 179.
After four scoreless minutes to start the game, the Cards got on track thanks to a layup by Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, NJ/Red Bank Catholic). CUA started out the game on a 22-2 run fueled by DeBorger's shooting. The senior hit three long range shots during the run, her third coming at 10:17 from freshman Shea Macdonald (Chantilly, Va/Chantilly High School). That shot put her over the edge giving her the CUA three-point record with 177.
With such a deficit, the Pride was unable to mount much of a comeback during the remainder of the half. CUA went into the locker room with a comfortable 33-20 lead. DeBorger led the Cards in the first half with ten points as well as three assists. Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./LaSalle Academy) and Linderoth both added eight. Pride leading scorer had 11 in the opening stanza. The Cards forced 14 Greensboro turnover but were outrebounded 21-16.
Catholic University controlled the second half much like the first until desperation attempts by the Pride began to have an effect in the closing minutes of the game. Looking at a fifteen point lead with 1:23 to go, CUA allowed a 6-0 to finish the game giving Greensboro a chance to come back. However, time expired before the Pride could overtake the Cardinals and CUA got the 52-55 victory.
DeBorger was the leading scorer for CUA with 19 points. Linderoth had 14 as well as a team-high seven rebounds. Rojas contributed ten points and seven rebounds while senior Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, MD/Georgetown Visitation) had 10 all coming in the second half. The Cards shot 41.1 percent but were outrebounded 46-33 for the game.
CUA now begins the remainder of CAC play. The Cards are already 2-1 in conference sitting in a third place tie with York who they play on Saturday at the DuFour Center. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men. The women will tip off at 2:00 p.m. with the men to immediately follow.