Eagles Nip Cards 64-57
Peterson leads CUA with 16
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's basketball squad (7-10, 2-5 Landmark) suffered a tough loss in conference play Sunday at the DuFour Center. After keeping it close in the first half, the Cardinals couldn't answer some long-range shooting by the Juniata College Eagles (12-6, 5-2, Landmark) who won 64-57.
The first half started slow for both teams with the score tied at four five minutes in and neither team reaching double digits until the 9:45 mark. Despite the slow start, however, the intensity picked up as both squads began to hit midway through the half. While Juniata used outside shooting to stay in the contest, the Cards ran a number of cuts through the lane and pounded the boards to hold onto a 22-20 lead at the break.
Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) led CUA in the first with seven points, three coming in the form of a late trey to put the Cards ahead. Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) and Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin High School) each scored six points and combined for nine rebounds. With neither squad shooting exceptionally well in the first, other stats stuck out including CUA's 21-17 advantage on the boards and one fewer turnover by the Cards.
The Eagles continued to be on target from beyond the arc in the second half with their first three made shots all coming from long range to take a five point lead. From that juncture on the Cards were battling from beyond as it seemed that every Cardinal run would be answered with a three from the Eagles who tallied seven in the second half. At the four minute mark CUA tied it up thanks to a three from Kerry Confrey (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) but Juniata matched it forcing the Cards to begin fouling. In the final two minutes the Eagles missed just one free throw and despite a valiant effort from the Cards, CUA came up short 64-57.
Peterson led the Cardinals with 16 points as well as eight rebounds. Rogers added nine points and five rebound while freshman Kaitlyn O'Keefe (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) also had nine on the day. CUA shot just 37 percent from the field while Juniata shot 41 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc. Trouble hitting seemed to be CUA's only problem, however, as they outrebounded the Eagles 39-38 and had one less turnover along with 13 steals. Kelly Ashcroft led Juniata with 14 points.
The Cardinals will play in their final non-conference game of the season as they travel to Dickinson on Wednesday. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.