Cardinals hold off late rally to upset Saints Feb 8, 2003

WASHINGTON - Carol Schnepp hit two go-ahead free-throws with 20 seconds in the game and Catholic survived two late desperation attempts by Marymount allowing Catholic to upset the Saints, 60-59, in a Capital Athletic Conference game. The Cardinals, which led by as many as 24 points in the second half, held off a late Marymount rally to defeat the Saints for the first time since January 29, 2000.

Great defense and poor shooting by Marymount helped Catholic outscore the Saints, 32-9 to open the game. Marymount shot just 6-of-31 in the first half as the Cardinals held a 34-17 lead at the break.

Lindsay DiRomualdo's trey gave CUA (9-1, 5-5 CAC) its biggest lead of the game at 46-22 with 16:31 to play. The freshman totaled 10 points and dished out seven assists.

But a 19-4 run by the Saints over a span of seven minutes pulled Marymount (14-6, 8-2 CAC) within 58-57 with just 1:38 in the game. On the next possession after a CUA turnover, Annetta Benjamin gave the Saints their first lead of the game with her tough basket in the paint, drawing a foul but did not connect on the ensuing free-throw.

Down one with less than a minute to play, Laura Kaye's short jumper from the left baseline rimmed out but Schnepp was able to come up with the tough rebound and was fouled in the process. Schnepp connected on both attempts, setting the stage for Marymount. Ashlee Courter's shot with nine ticks on the clock was no good but the rebound went out of bounds off CUA giving the Saints one more chance. Courter tried again to take the lead but her three-point attempt from way outside the left arc would not fall allowing the Cardinals to hold on.

Courter finished with 14 points while teammate Randi Jones led all scorers with 21 points. Leading scorer Jodie Knotts, who averages 14.6 points per game, was held to 0-of-9 from the floor and finished with just three points.

Junior Kathleen McGlynn was one rebound shy of a double-double, registering 12 points and nine boards.

The Cardinals return to action tomorrow, Sunday February 9th with a non-league game at Hood at 3 p.m.