WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Sydney Poindexter posted her second double double of the season and third of her career to lead the Cardinals' rally past Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference contest Saturday at Franny Murray Court, 57-51.
Catholic (10-7, 2-4 Landmark) trailed for 32 minutes Saturday before outscoring the River Hawks, 20-8, over the final 7:33.
Poindexter totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs, while making 10 of 13 free throws, including 6 of 8 in the fourth quarter. She scored eight of the team's 24 points in the decisive fourth quarter while junior Megan Stafford added 10 over the final 10 minutes. Stafford finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Freshman Luca Mamula contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
Nevin Hoenninger paced Susquehanna (5-11, 2-4 Landmark) with 13 points and three steals while Alanna Connolly chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. Catholic limited the River Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder, Erin McQuillen, to just 11 points and three rebounds.
McQuillen's three-pointer with 7:33 to play gave Susquehanna a 43-37 advantage before a three-pointer by Stafford with 5:02 left gave the Cardinals their first lead since the 9:52 mark of the opening quarter. The basket was part of a 16-4 run over a span of 4:32 that erased a six-point deficit and gave the Cards a six-point lead, 53-47 with 3:01 remaining.
The River Hawks tried to make a run late, taking advantage of Catholic going just 4 of 8 from the free throw line over the final 45 seconds, but an offensive rebound by Stafford following two missed Cardinal free throws with 13 seconds to play, sealed the win for the Cards, their fifth in the last seven against Susquehanna and fourth consecutive at home.
Susquehanna led by as many as nine, 16-7, late in the first quarter and 24-20 at halftime. Both teams committed 14 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and finished with 51 combined. The River Hawks scored 24 points off 28 Catholic turnovers.
The Cardinals outrebounded the Susquehanna, 44-28, and held a 26-14 margin points in the paint.
Catholic travels to Goucher on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.