DeSantis, Webster Lead the Cards, One Bird Family Comes Together

photo by Justin Walker
photo by Justin Walker

WASHINGTON – Catholic University sophomore Michelle DeSantis and junior Jayni Webster led the squad to their second win of the season at the DuFour Athletic Center after defeating the Seahawks of St. Mary's (Md.) College 66-47 on Monday night.

In the non-conference matchup, DeSantis dropped a game-high 17 points and was three boards shy of a double-double with seven rebounds along with a team-high four steals, as Webster netted 15 points with a perfect output from the charity stripe. Junior Kristen Walheim pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while sophomore Melissa Errico circulated three assists. 

While both teams were balance statistically in the first 20 minutes, the Seahawks first-half 16 turnovers made the difference and provided the leverage for the Cardinals to preserve its lead. CUA attributed 12 of its 25 first-half points to SMCM's unsuccessful possessions.

Despite the game being tied three times during the first half, a 7-0 run capped by a layup by Webster led to Catholic's largest lead of the first half at the 10:16 mark. The Seahawks saw a glimpse of a lead with an 8-2 run ignited by Anna McClain, nonetheless, the visiting squad only managed to come within one before Catholic outscored SMCM 5-3 in the last six minutes for a halftime score of 25-20, in favor of CUA.

Following the intermission, CUA resumed its first-half home-court authority leading by as many as 24 points, before closing out the night with a 66-47 victory.

The mighty black and red finished the hardwood matchup shooting 60 percent from the free-throw line (15 of 25), 34 percent from the field (22 of 65) and 29 percent from behind the arc (7 of 24).

Kerri Kline piloted St. Mary's offense with a team-high 12 points, while McClain contributed eight points, eight rebounds and four assists to the night. Nina Haller grabbed a team-high nine boards.

Collectively, the Seahawks shot 54 percent from the charity stripe (14 of 26), 32 percent from the field (15 of 47) and 19 percent from long range (3 of 16).

CUA improves to 2-0 on the season, as SMCM drops to 0-2.

Catholic continues the month of November at the DuFour Athletic Center, facing non-conference opponents Salisbury (November 19), Bridgewater (Va.) (November 23) and FDU-Florham (November 30) on the Franny Murray Court.

Notes: Prior to tonight's contest Catholic and St. Mary's came together as "One Bird Family" in honor of Jamie Lynn Roberts, who tragically lost her life this past June. Roberts was a valued and impactful leader in two proud athletic families.  As a three sport standout and multi-sport captain at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and later as a coach and an assistant in the Catholic University Women's Basketball Program and Sports Information Department, Jamie made it her mission to positively impact the lives and well-being of all whom she came into contact with. Donning her trademark smile, endearing selflessness, and wonderfully magnetic personality Jamie was quick to lend a hand to any, and all, in need.