Cardinals Fall at Elizabethtown in Landmark Semifinals, 61-43

Cardinals Fall at Elizabethtown in Landmark Semifinals, 61-43

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Sydney Poindexter totaled 17 points, but Elizabethtown led by 12 at the end of the first quarter en route to a 61-43 victory Thursday at Thompson Gymnasium in the semifinals of the 2019 Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Championship.

The Cardinals (16-10), who posted at least 16 wins for the ninth-straight season, were hampered by 23 turnovers which led to 24 points for the Blue Jays.

Poindexter tied a season-high with seven made field goals and scored nine of Catholic's 14 fourth-quarter points. She also had a team-high seven rebounds to go along with three steals.

Freshman Amanda Johnson added 10 points and five rebounds while freshman Luca Mamula had five points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

The Blue Jays (19-6) set the tone early as they held the Cardinals to just 2 of 10 shooting in the first quarter and forced seven turnovers while jumping out to an 18-6 lead. After Poindexter pull the Cards within two, 7-5, Elizabethtown outscored the visitors 11-1 over the final 4:19.

That would be Catholic's last field goal until Johnson hit a three-pointer with 6:51 remaining in the second quarter, cutting the Blue Jays' lead to 25-11. The basket snapped a drought of 7:28 for the Cardinals.

Elizabethtown stretched its lead to as many as 19 before taking a 34-17 advantage into halftime. Poindexter scored eight first-half points.

Thursday marked the final game in the careers of seniors Emily O'Connor and Sarah O'Neill. O'Connor totaled five points and four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench in her 54th career game. O'Neill played eight minutes in her 50th career game, including her 22nd this season, a new career high.

Catholic is now 8-5 in eight Landmark Conference tournament appearances and 2-1 against Elizabethtown. The Cardinals won championships in 2012, 2013 and 2015.