Women's Basketball Drops Conference Game to #19 Scranton
WASHINGTON- Plagued by a lack of interior rebounding, the Catholic University of America women's basketball team fell to #19 ranked Scranton University (19-4, 11-1 Landmark) Saturday evening by a score of 71-64. CUA's record drops to 12-11 overall, 5-7 in the Landmark Conference.
The Cardinals started by going on a 17-8 run in the first nine minutes of play. The Royals trailed for the remainder of the half, finally coming within three points off of a Megan Kopecki layup. A free throw by senior Kelly Burke (Glendora, N.J./Bishop Eustace) put the Cards ahead by four as they headed into the locker room.
As CUA struggled on the defensive glass, Scranton went on a 16-0 run in the second half to take a comfortable 53-38 lead with ten minutes left in the game. Finally, a three point play by sophomore Lauren McPeak (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) sparked a run that brought the Cards within five (60-55) with just under four minutes to play, but the damage had already been done. CUA dropped the game by a score of 71-64.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) who poured in 20 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. McPeak added 12 points, four boards, and three blocks in the loss, while Ryann Gallagher (Dresher, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy) lead the team with six rebounds. Point guard Kerri Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) also tallied 9 points and four assists.
The Cards will travel Sunday to Moravian College for a 2 p.m., match-up against the Greyhounds.