Crusaders Down Cardinals, 85-84, in Double-OT

Crusaders Down Cardinals, 85-84, in Double-OT

Selinsgrove, Pa. - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team was edged, 85-84, in double overtime by Susquehanna University after a back-and-fourth Landmark Conference battle Wednesday evening.

The Lady Cardinals and Crusaders played the first period to a 13-all tie. Catholic junior Michelle DeSantis sunk two-of-three field goals, while pulling down two rebounds and dishing out an assist in the first 10 minutes. The midweek contest would go on to see nine additional ties in regulation followed by six more in overtime before the Crusaders ultimately became victorious.

Susquehanna took control of the game in the second period scoring seven unanswered points within the first two and a half minutes. Catholic followed with six unanswered of their own in the subsequent minute, but it would be the Crusaders with a one point lead (33-32) heading into the halftime intermission.

Outshooting Catholic just 17-16 in the third period, Susquehanna took a mere two-point advantage. Catholic senior Kristen Walheim shot two-of-two from behind the arch in the third period, while classmate Jayni Webster sunk a field goal to bring the Lady Cards within two points.

The Cardinals would not go down without a fight. With 10 minutes to play, junior Mackenzie Gardner entered the game with a field goal to equalize the match at 50, in the first eight seconds of the fourth period. SU regained control until DeSantis sunk a layup tying the contest at 56. Webster then notched a triple bring the game to 64 a piece, and as the time expired DeSantis put up a jumper for a 71-71 score at the conclusion of regulations.

The conference opponents went point-for-point during the extra periods. The scoreboard read 78 a piece after the first five minutes and with 1:15 to play in the second overtime block CUA led 83-84. SU notched a jumper in the final seconds to clinch the 85-84 midweek conference victory.

Catholic senior Josephine Migash tallied a season-high 16 points and tied the game four times, including the final 83-83 tie with 2:29 to play in the second overtime period. DeSantis notched 17 total points with four assists while Walheim grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Cards and Webster earned five steals.

The Cardinals will head back to the nation's capital to host Moravian on Saturday, January 30, in a Landmark Conference matchup at 4 p.m.