Lions Deal Cards First Loss of the
CUA will now prepare for first Landmark Conference game
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's basketball lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon to The College of New Jersey Lions (5-1). Turnovers plagued the young squad and after a tough first half, CUA couldn't overcome the deficit. With the 78-49 loss the Cards move to 3-1 for the season.
Jenn Canale (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored the first layup of the game but that would be the Cards' only lead as the Lions quickly came back and took over. Neither squad protected the ball resulting in a sloppy first half but TCNJ was able to hold onto the lead thanks to 41 percent shooting. The Cardinals forced their share of turnovers but it wasn't enough as they went into the locker room down 35-17.
The CUA scoring was limited in the first half with Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) and Kerri Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) each leading the way with five points. Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin High School) and Lauren McPeak (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) both notched three rebounds for the Cards. CUA stayed close in rebounds, down just 18-17 and shot 30.4 percent but also had 22 turnovers while the Lions had 14. Posting more turnovers than points proved to be too much for the Cardinals to overcome.
The second half was better for the Cards statistically as they committed just nine turnovers to TCNJ's 12 and held their own in rebounds with just one less than the Lions. However, TCNJ had the hot hands in the second shooting 57.7 percent while the Cards could manage just 39.4 percent allowing the Lions to hold on to the advantage. With seven minutes remaining the Cards staged a small rally as they began to work it down low to McPeak but it wouldn't be enough and CUA fell 78-49.
Canale led Catholic University with ten points and Peterson as well as McPeak each posted seven. McPeak had a team-high six rebounds.
The Cardinals will now prepare for their first conference game of the season on Wednesday. CUA will host Goucher College at 5:30 p.m. at the DuFour Center.