Spartans Defeat Cards 76-60
CUA drops to 6-5 in conference
YORK, Pa. - The Catholic University women's basketball team (14-8, 6-5 Capital Athletic Conference) fell,76-60, to the second-place York Spartans (16-7, 10-3 CAC) Thursday night at the Grumbacher Center. Despite a solid game from Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./La Salle Academy), CUA couldn't control the Spartans on the boards. Additionally, York shot a high percentage from everywhere on the court making them tough to beat.
Two quick turnovers and five unanswered Spartan points saw head coach Margaret Carey yank the first string in the opening minute. However the starters came in the second time with a new intensity showcasing a17-0 run to go up 23-12 midway through the period. Unfortunately, York manufactured its own 7-0 run to bring it close to even before Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) hit a three to widen the gap. At the break CUA held the lead 30-26.
Rojas led the Cards with 10 points while Kate Robinson (Emittsburg, Md./Catoctin) had nine both players hitting 4-6 from the field. CUA outshot York hitting 41 percent and also had fewer turnovers committing eight to YCP's 12. However, the Cards were outmanned in the paint with York pulling in 20 rebounds to CUA's 16.
York pulled ahead quickly to start the second half going up by ten at 14:00. Rojas converted a three-point play to keep it in single digits and helped CUA on the defensive end forcing Spartan turnovers and deflecting passes. Rojas' tight defense couldn't stop the 10-0 Spartan run making it 58-41 with ten minutes to go. CUA was unable to keep the York offense at bay and eventually fell 76-60.
Rojas led all scorers with 17 points and a team-high five rebounds while Robinson and DeBorger added 12 and 11 point, respectively. CUA was outmatched in almost every category including a 44-31 rebounding deficit and 46-35 percent shooting percentage. The Cards did protect the ball on offense with just 17 turnovers to York's 22.
CUA will be back in action on Saturday with a CAC contest at the DuFour Center against Salisbury beginning at 2:00 p.m.