Cardinals Top Averett

Cardinals Top Averett
Freshman Kate Robinson registers her first double-double


ASHLAND, Va. - It wasn't pretty but the Catholic University women's basketball squad (2-0) managed to pull out the win over the Averett Cougars (0-2) Saturday afternoon at the Randolph-Macon  Tip Off Tournament.  CUA took out Averett 71-62 despite shooting just 35% from the field and 25 turnovers.

The first half was incredibly sloppy for both teams as they accounted for 26 turnovers in the opening twenty minutes.  The Cougars jumped out to a small lead with easy layups and missed Cardinal shots.  But CUA able to keep it within six, and the Cards finally got something going midway through the half.

The same sloppy offense that plagued the Cards kept the team in the game with their aggressive defense forcing 14 Cougar turnovers in the first half.  Maria Rojas (Naples, Fla./La Salle Academy) led the charge forcing two jump ball turnovers and taking a charge in less than a minute to give the Cards some momentum.

CUA went into the locker room clinging to a 35-31 lead.  Freshman Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) led the Cards in scoring with 15 points in the first half going six of eight from the floor.

The game became physical in the second half as both teams went into the bonus early on.  CUA took advantage of the situation hitting 20 of 24 free throws with freshman Justine Gray (Somers, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) contributing a 9-10 performance from the line.

Free throws and 27 rebounds helped the Cards secure a comfortable lead for most of the second half.  While it got quite close nearing the end, CUA had the 71-62 victory at the final whistle.

The Cardinals outrebounded the Cougars 50-39 for the game and shot 83% from the line to do enough little things to get the win in the sloppy game.  Robinson ended the day with 22 points and 15 rebounds for her first career double-double.  Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) also chipped in 11 points.  Senior guard Jackie DeBorger (Floral Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) was the second leading rebounder with 11, three offensive.

DeBorger and Linderoth were both named to the all-tournament team for their cummulative performances over the two games.  The Cardinals will hit the road for New Jersey on Tuesday with a 6:00 p.m., game before the Thanksgiving holiday.