WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball freshman Luca Mamula scored a career-high 28 points while adding five rebounds and four assists as the Cardinals led from start to finish in a convincing 83-58 victory over Goucher Wednesday night at Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (11-7, 3-4 Landmark) posted its eighth win in the last 12 and the team's 17th-straight against the Gophers, including its 10th consecutive at home. Goucher's last win in the series came back on Feb. 20, 2010 at home, 71-67, while its last road win was back on Feb. 21, 2009 by a score of 80-73.
The Gophers (5-13, 0-7 Landmark) have now lost 35 consecutive Landmark Conference contests.
Mamula scored 13 points in the opening half, going 6-of-6 from the floor in 11 minutes as the Cardinals built a 17-point halftime lead. She scored nine points in the first quarter as Catholic led 29-16.
The Cards jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the game's first 3:33 before stretching that to as many as 15 following a 10-0 run. Mamula scored five points during the run while sophomore Maggie Rakowsky hit a three and junior Mollie Reynolds made a layup to give Catholic a 29-14 lead with 19 seconds remaining.
The Cardinals held the lead for all by 22 seconds when senior Emily O'Connor scored the game's first points on a layup with 9:28 left in the first quarter.
Mamula finished just shy of totaling the first 30-point game by a Cardinal since Michelle DeSantis had 36 in an 89-71 win over Juniata on Jan. 28, 2017. That stood as the most points scored in a conference contest until Moravian's Maddie Capuano had 40 against Elizabethtown earlier this season on Dec. 1, 2018.
Junior Megan Stafford finished with 14 points and four rebounds in just 19 minutes while O'Connor had nine points and five rebounds in her second career start. Her first career start came on Saturday against Susquehanna.
Sophomore Cristin George, who also made her first career start on Saturday, totaled nine points and a career-high seven rebounds.
Reynolds finished with seven assists and seven steals, both career highs. She was one of eight different Cardinals who had at least one steal and one of six who had at least two. Mamula added five, Rakowsky had four and Stafford had three. Catholic scored 37 points off 32 Goucher turnovers, the team's most points off turnovers since it had 37 against Gallaudet on Dec. 16, 2017.
The Cardinals also scored 50 points in the paint and 20 fast break points.
Catholic officially begins the second half of conference play on Saurday as it travels to Moravian. The Greyhounds edged out a 75-70 victory at Catholic back on January 5. Mamula led the way with 16 points while Reynolds totaled 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.