SCRANTON, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball senior Emily O'Connor totaled a season-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds, but the Cardinals made just 11 field goals and shot 20.8 percent from the field as they dropped a 53-36 decision at No. 4 Scranton Saturday at John Long Center.
Catholic (9-5, 1-2 Landmark) fell for just the second time in the last seven games and the first time in four road games this season.
O'Connor was just two points shy of her career high set against Cal Lutheran on Dec. 21, 2017 while finishing just one rebound short of her career high set earlier this season on Nov. 20, 2018 versus St. Mary's (Md.).
Junior Megan Stafford totaled nine points, five rebounds and three steals as the Cardinals were held to their lowest field goal and point total of the season and their second-lowest field goal percentage. They were also held to 36 points and 11 field goals in a 61-36 home loss to Frostburg State on December 8 when they shot 20.0 percent from the floor.
The Royals (15-0, 4-0 Landmark) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game's first five minutes before Catholic got on the board on a three-pointer by Stafford with 5:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Scranton would extend its lead to nine, 12-3, before another basket by Stafford with just 2:16 left. The Cardinals would pull within five after back-to-back baskets by sophomore Maggie Rakowsky as she Stafford combined for all nine Catholic points in the quarter.
The Cardinals would never get closer than five the rest of the way as the Royals led by as many as 11 in the second quarter and nine at halftime, 28-19.
Catholic was held to just three points in the third quarter, all of which came in the final 40 seconds after a free throw by freshman Luca Mamula and a layup by Stafford.
Scranton led 36-22 after three and stretched that to as many as 22 in the fourth.
O'Connor totaled four points and all five of her rebounds in the second half while Stafford had seven of her nine points in the opening half.
Mamula and junior Sydney Poindexter, the team's top two leading scorers who are averaging 18.9 points per game this season, were limited to just seven points in 49 minutes while committing eight fouls.
The Cardinals look to get back on track on Wednesday when they travel to Elizabethtown. Game time is at 7 p.m.