Cards Down Gophers in First Landmark
Peterson scores career-high 24
WASHINGTON -Freshman Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Catholic University women's basketball team (4-1, 1-0 Landmark Conference) over the Goucher College Gophers (4-3, 0-1 Landmark) Wednesday evening at the DuFour Center. In both squads' first game of the inaugural conference season the Cards dominated underneath to get the 70-57 victory.
Peterson came out and scored CUA's first seven points of the contest to set the tone. The Cards took a small lead and managed to hold on increasing it to as much as ten before the break. While the Gophers guards continued to slash through the lane, CUA worked it inside and effectively kicked it out to open players beyond the arc. The Cards went into halftime ahead 39-29.
Peterson had 18 in the first including a pair of three's while forward Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) notched eight as well as three assists. Freshman Lauren McPeak (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) helped out with four points and as many rebounds while her classmate Kerri Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) had six assists in the half. The Cards shot 56 percent from the field, 75 percent from three and an impressive 100 percent from the line. CUA also protected the ball with only six turnovers.
The Cardinals held onto their lead to open the second half and went on an 8-0 run around the 14 minute mark to break the game wide open. Fueled by three's from Peterson and Confrey, the Cards were ahead by 19 midway through. The tough Cardinal defense did not relent and despite some mistakes late in the game, CUA held on for the 70-57 victory.
Peterson led the Cards with 24 and Linderoth finished with 14 points. McPeak led all rebounders with nine boards as well as eight points and Confrey had eight assists in the game. Landmark Conference Player of the Week Shadae Swan had 26 for the Gophers. The Cards led Goucher in rebounds 35-28, both teams shot 45 percent on the night.
CUA will have just a day's rest before suiting up against the number one team in the nation the Mary Washington Eagles on Friday evening. The Cardinals will face their old Capital Athletic Conference rival in an attempt to hand them their first loss of the season. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the DuFour Center.