CUA Drops Tough One to Salisbury in OT
Mertz leads the Cards with 20
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball squad (13-10, 7-6 Capital Athletic Conference) dropped a tough game to the Salisbury Sea Gulls (14-9, 6-6 CAC) Saturday afternoon at the DuFour Center. What made the loss even harder was the Cards dropped to fifth in a conference where only one thru four host in the first round of the conference tournament. CUA will now have a tough row ahead since the squad would lose a tiebreaker with the Sea Gulls despite splitting during the regular season.
The Cards scored first but Salisbury came back with a barrage of three's to go up by as much as eight at one point in the first. CUA battled back penetrating the lane and collecting offensive rebounds which brought it back to even. At 3:53 in the first the Cards went up thanks to layup from Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity). The senior hit two treys to close out the half giving CUA the 30-24 advantage.
DeBorger led all scorers with ten points and freshman Justine Gray (Somers, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) added eight. Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./La Salle Academy) rounded out the scoring with seven points and a team-high five rebounds. The Cards held the advantage in shooting 34 to 30 percent but were outrebounded 21-20.
The Cards maintained the lead for the majority of the second half until less than two minutes remaining when Jenna Peters hit a lay to knot it up at 60. The Cards went up by two as the second ticked away but a layup with 16 second left tied it up 63-63 forcing the extra period. In overtime CUA never led despite staying close. With 33 second remaining it was even at 71 and anyone's game thanks to a huge three from the left side by DeBorger. The Sea Gulls came down ready for one shot and missed but got the offensive rebound and was fouled on the put back. Brianna Simpson sunk two free throws with a second remaining to get the 73-71 win for Salisbury.
Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) led the Cards with 20 points and DeBorger added 18. Rojas had 11 along with a team-high six rebounds making it the second game in a row that the point guard was the leading rebounder. CUA was outshot (39-34 percent) and outrebounded (45-36) but had only 13 turnovers to Salisbury's 19.
The Cards will travel to Gallaudet for a game on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m.