WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America women's basketball team won its opening game of the 2017 Jamie Lynn Roberts – Fairfield Inn Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon over King's College (Pa.), 69-50.
The Cardinals used an impressive first half as they outscored King's in the first quarter, 21-11, and clamped down on defense in the second to earn a 19-3 advantage.
Catholic forced the Monarchs into 27 turnovers and held King's to just 15-of-49 shooting from the field.
Head coach Matt Donohue was able to empty his bench in the Cardinals' eighth win of the season as 11 different players made the scoresheet.
Senior Payton Smith scored a game-high 15 points with two 3-pointers, two steals and a block. Classmate Briana Bull came off the bench to add 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with a triple, four boards and an assist.
No Cardinal played more than 22 minutes with 11 seeing 10-or-more and 16 seeing the court.
Sophomore Sydney Poindexter rounded out Catholic's double-digit scorers with 11 points. She shot 5-of-7 from the field and added four rebounds and two steals.
The Cardinals held the Monarchs to just one double-digit scorer and only two above seven points.
Catholic returns to action tomorrow at 3 p.m., in the final game of the 2017 tournament against Marymount.
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