CUA Wins Rutgers-Newark Tip Off
Linderoth and Schiavoni named all-tournament
NEWARK, N.J.- The Catholic University women's basketball team (2-0) used a second half comeback to get the 60-56 victory over the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders (1-1) at the host's preseason tournament Saturday afternoon. Juniors Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Jessica Schiavoni (Winchester, Va./John Handley) were both named all tournament after a pair of outstanding performances this weekend. Schiavoni was the tournament MVP.
The first ten minutes were even but midway though the half the Scarlet Raiders went on an 8-0 run to go up by ten thanks to the shooting of Kelly Sanches. Schiavoni finally ended the run with a layup but the Cards couldn't get back to even going into the locker room down 27-20 at the break. Schiavoni led CUA in the first half with eight points while Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) added seven.
Sophomore Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin High School) hit a layup to open the second half but that would be as close as the Cards would come for awhile as Rutgers-Newark charged out of the gates taking a 15-point lead at 16:28. Just minutes later, however, CUA finally got on track and used a total team effort to go on a 8-0 run of its own to cut the lead to three. At 9:34 Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) made two layups in a row to take the lead for the first time since early in the opening half. From that point on it was anybody's game but with three minutes left Linderoth sank a jumper to give the Cards the lead which they managed to hold onto for the 60-56 win.
Schiavoni led all scorers with 17 points and Peterson added 13. Linderoth scored eight points and posted as many boards. The Cardinals were accuate from the field in the second half as they shot 66.7 percent from three and 55.6 percent from the floor.
The Cards will open up at the DuFour Center with a game versus Trinity (D.C.) on Wednesday at 1 p.m.