February 21, 2009

Cardinals fall short to Goucher on Senior Day

Cardinals Fall Short on Senior Day

2/21/09

WASHINGTON- Catholic University of America women's baketball team fell short to the Gophers of Goucher College Saturday evening on what marked the end of three senior Cardinal careers at the DuFour Center: Kelly Burke (Glendora, N.J./ Bishop Eustance), Jess Schiavoni (Winchester, Va./ John Hanley), and Kerrie Posuka (Cinnaminson, NJ/ Cinnaminson). Goucher's early lead would be too much for Catholic to overcome, but the squad managed to make things interesting in the second half.  

The Cardinals ended their reguar season with a record of 12-13 overall and 5-9 in Landmark Conference play, and the twelve wins marked two better than a year ago.

One of the main differences in the game was the shooting by the Gophers, Goucher shot well over 40% from the field for the game and made a remarkable fifty percent of their three point attempts going 7 of 14 for the contest. 

Despite being down by as many as 14 in the first half the Cardinals would not go down without a fight as they clawed their way back managing to take a 4 point lead with fourteen minutes left in the contest.  Sophomore Brianna Peterson (Garnerville,NY/ Rockland) dropped a team high 31 points on the Gophers on 12-27 shooting from the field and added 9 boards to her performance.  

Kelly Burke also pulled down seven boards in what may have been her last game in a Cardinal uniform while fellow senior Jessica Schiavoni finished with six points.  As a squad the Cards shot just above 30% from the field and a dismal 12% from three point range but shot over 70% from the charity strip.

Catholic University now has to wait and see if they will receive a post-season bid for their solid performance in the 2008-2009 season.  The Cardinals currently have the 19th toughest schedule in the nation and hopes this helps in post season selections.

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