WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's basketball team continued its Landmark Conference unbeaten streak with an 83-67 victory over Moravian College on Saturday.
Catholic senior Bernadette Launi shot 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc for a team-high 20 points and received four helpers from classmate Melissa Errico. Errico totaled a season-high seven assists while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Junior reserve Samantha Cowan had a career-high showing of seven rebounds, four steals and 14 points. Cowan shot 60% from the field, sinking 2-of-4 3-point shots while classmate Payton Smith scored 18 points with 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
The conference foes each hit the hardwood ready to battle, putting up over 20 points per team in the first 10-minutes. The Greyhounds posted an 18-13 lead after seven minutes. The Cardinals went on an 8-3 run, including 3-pointers from Cowan and Smith, to take a 23-21 advantage after the first period.
The Cardinals lit up the court in the second period with an 18-9 run creating an 11-point margin (41-30) going into the halftime intermission.
Catholic carried its energy through the break, opening the first three minutes of the half with four points from senior Michelle DeSantis and a 3-pointer from Cowan to increase its lead to 48-34.
With under four minutes to play in the third period, Launi hit a hot streak with three 3-point buckets in a row. A layup from Cowan followed and two free throws from freshman Mollie Reynolds gave the Cards a 21-point advantage (66-45) heading into the final 10-minutes.
Reluctant to give up their first Landmark Conference, the Greyhounds fought back in the fourth period, but their efforts would not be enough to catch the Cardinals' sharpshooters. Moravian outscored Catholic 22-17 in the final period but were unable to catch the undefeated Cardinals.
Catholic advances to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Landmark for the 2016-17 season while Moravian falls to 11-4 overall and suffers its first conference loss, now 3-1 in the Landmark.
The Cardinals continue conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 18, hosting Goucher College at 7 p.m., in the Raymond A. DuFour Center.
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