Scranton, Pa. -The Catholic University of America women's basketball team upset No.3 the Universtiy of Scranton 82-78, in overtime to end their 50-game, at home, regular season win streak, and remain undefeated in conference play at 6-0.
The Cardinals' victory came as a full team effort, shooting 49.2% from the field and 73.9% from the free throw line. Four women scored double-digit points as senior captain Michelle DeSantis led the way with 22 points and classmate Bernadette Launi had 17. Fellow senior Melissa Errico and junior Payton Smith each tallied 13.
Defensively, the Cardinals caused 17 turnovers and pulled down 27 rebounds. Smith had three steals while Sullivan registered two blocks.
DeSantis opened with a 3-point bucket and the Cards went on a 12-5 run over the first six minutes of the contest. A 3-pointer from Smith followed by a layup from DeSantis put Catholic ahead 17-8, giving them the momentum to take a 23-14 lead after the first quarter.
Freshman Caroline Sullivan gave Catholic its first two points of the second quarter as the Cards continued their mission to stay unbeaten in conference. Scranton picked up the pace outscoring Catholic 15-14 in the second 10-minutes, but the Cardinals stayed focused with a 37-29 advantage at the halftime break.
Scranton was not ready to surrender its win-streak to Catholic and come out strong in the second half. Royals' senior Alexix Roman put up 15 points alone during the final 20-minutes.
The Cardinals stayed their course but the lead flipped four times in the final period. At the end of regulation, the conference foes had each earned 69 points, that forced and overtime period.
Determined to capture the victory Launi scored six of Catholics' 13 overtime points. The Royals could only manage seven of their own as the Lady Cards charged the floor at the final buzzer.
The Cardinals handed the Royals their first regular season loss since January 17, 2015, when Catholic topped Scranton, 46-42, in the DuFour Center.
Now the only undefeated team in the Landmark, the Cardinals will travel to Selinsgrove, Pa., to take on the Susquehanna River Hawks on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.
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