CUA Tramples Bison, 74-40
Cards improve to 7-6 in the CAC
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball team improved to 15-9 and 7-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 74-40 victory over its cross-town rival, the Gallaudet Bison. GU dropped to 3-20, 0-13 in the CAC for the season. After a sluggish first half, CUA held Gallaudet to 18 points in the second half to get the win.
The game started out sloppy with neither team making a field goal until 13:43 when Gallaudet made a layup. Fouls, turnovers and missed shots plagued the first six minutes for both squads. Ten minutes in they began to heat up as the Bison pounded it inside and the Cards used the outside shot to get going. After a physical first half CUA went into the locker room leading 37-22.
Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led the Cards in scoring in the first half with 15 points including three trey's. Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./La Salle Academy) added seven and Shannon Mertz (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) had six points. As the Cardinals spent a majority of the first half outside of the paint, Gallaudet played in the middle therefore outrebounding CUA 25-13. However, the Cardinals had just nine turnovers to the Bison's 18.
After looking like they were moving in slow motion in the first half, CUA came out in the second looking like a different team. Fueled by an 18-0 run spanning nine minutes to start the half, the Cards took a big lead and didn't look back. After the final 20 minutes, CUA had the 74-40 victory.
DeBorger led the Cards in scoring with 19 points and Mertz added 14 points as well as six rebounds. Rojas had 13 for the game. CUA outshot Gallaudet 44.2 to 27.3 percent and had just 17 turnovers to the Bison's 31. Gallaudet did continue to play strong in the post with 45 rebounds to CUA's 31.
The Cardinals will host their final home game of the regular season on Saturday against the league-leading Mary Washington Eagles tipping off at 2:00 p.m. The Cards will need to win the game to get home-court advantage for the CAC tournament. Prior to the start of the game there will be a short ceremony honoring the 2007 senior class.