Women’s Basketball now 10-3 After One Win and One Loss Last Week
Erin Alburtus, Staff
January 12, 2012
Filed under Sports
The women’s basketball team defeated the Moravian College Greyhounds at the Greyhounds stadium, 70-62 on Friday, January 6. The game brought the Cards to 2-0 in the Landmark Conference. The girls also suffered a loss to the University of Scranton in an away game the following day, 70-64.
The score remained close throughout the first half of the Moravian game, and sophomore Liz Brione’s jumper with less than two minutes remaining brought the end of the half to 29-26 with Catholic on top.
CUA came in strong to start the second half, with a three-pointer from sophomore Emily Grabiak and a jumper from Jill Woerner. The Greyhounds managed to catch up, and the score was even two minutes into the second half.
With less than 11 minutes to play, the Cardinals were up just 52-50 before an eight-point run that put the Cards in front by 10 more points.
Moravian fought back and was able to bring the difference to just four points, but they were no match for CUA, who ended the game with four free throws in under a minute, bringing the final score to 70-62.
“We were able to take the win by executing our plays on offense and play together as a team on defense,” said Senior Holly Janicki.
Grabiak lead the team in scoring with 18 points, including five three-point shots. Janicki ended the game with 15 points, and Kelli Josephsen with 10. Claire McEvily and Grabiak were the top rebounders with eight each, and Karlyn Dixon led the team in assists with four.
“She was 5-5 from the 3-point line against Moravian and ended the game with a career high of 18 points. Emily played one of the best games of her career and I am very proud of her,” said Janicki.
The celebration was short lived as the Cardinals were defeated 70-64 by the Scranton Royals the following Saturday. It was their first Landmark Conference loss.
The Royals came out strong with a 10-point lead towards the end of the first half, but Catholic came back with 16 points in the last seven minutes of the first half, bringing the score to 35-30 with CUA on top.
The second half remained close before Scranton took a five-point lead with just six minutes left on the clock.
Two three-pointers from Scranton gave the team an eight-point lead, but Catholic brought it back to within five. The Cards could not come back in time, and the game ended in a Catholic loss, 70-64.
Woerner was top scorer with 17 points, and Rachel Ferri had 14 points, including four three-point shots. Josephsen had nine points and eight rebounds. Dixon and Josephsen both led with three assists each.
“The game on Saturday was a fight. We played well together as a team and with a lot of heart,” said Janicki.
“Scranton was able to pull away at the end of the game because of a few lapses in play from our part. We know what we did wrong and what we have to improve on so that we are 100 percent ready when we see Scranton again on our home court.”
Catholic will take on Susquehanna University at home in a Landmark Conference game. Tip off is set for 7:30pm.