November 23, 2008

Cardinals Rally from 21 Down to Stun Neumann

Cardinals Rally from 21 Down to Stun Neumann

11/23/2008

ARLINGTON, Va.- The Catholic University of America women's basketball team overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Neumann College in game three of the Marymount Marine Corps Tournament Sunday afternoon.

            CUA (4-1) went on a 9-1 run to start the contest, but lost their offensive flow midway through the opening half. Neumann (1-2) finally took their first lead of the afternoon with a pair of free throws at the 7:31 mark. Despite the efforts of sophomore guard Kerri Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River), 15 points in the first twenty minutes, the Cardinals finished the half trailing 46-31.

            Refusing to let Neumann run away with a win, the team came out of the locker room with a sense of determination and poise. CUA began to chip at the 15 point deficit one possession at a time, and the Cardinals finally regained the lead with 1:59 seconds to go.

            After trading back-and-forth baskets, Neumann hit a three pointer with 58 seconds left to go up 70-68. Sophomore forward Jenn Canale (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) tied things up for the Cardinals off a layup with 45 seconds to go. Neumann made their way to the free throw line, but made only one of two from the charity stripe. With 11 seconds left in the game, Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) hit a fade-away jumper to give the Cards the one point advantage. Two huge defensive stops from Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin High School) and Confrey sealed the win, as CUA ran away with a 72-71 victory.

            Leading the way for the Cardinals was Peterson with 22 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. The sophomore forward was also named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts over the weekend. Confrey was solid force for the Red and Black with 19 points and nine assists. Robinson and Lauren McPeak (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) were an integral part of CUA's defensive efforts, combining for 16 rebounds and three steals on the night. Canale finished the night with 7 rebounds, six points, and one block.

            The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday for a non-conference contest at Frostburg State. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

 

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