WASHINGTON — Head Coach Matt Donohue of The Catholic University of America women's basketball team earned his 300th career victory as his Cardinals upset the No. 24-ranked Marymount Saints, 56-44, in the final game of the 2017 Jamie Lynn Roberts – Fairfield Inn Holiday Classic.
Donohue now boasts 182 wins at Catholic University after compiling 71 victories at Elmira and 47 at Division II Bloomfield. It is his 10th season at the helm of the Cardinals.
The Cards earned their nationally-ranked win thanks to team defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch from tournament MVP Mollie Reynolds who scored a game-high 15 points and converted on 8-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final 2:08 to ice the victory.
The two teams battled back-and-forth through the first quarter but Reynolds closed out the final 42 seconds with two jump shots that gave Catholic a 14-11 lead at the end of the period.
Marymount was able to tie it up at 21-all with 36 seconds left in the second, but a jumper by rookie CC Mooney with nine seconds left made sure that Catholic held the lead at the break.
All-tournament team selection Sydney Poindexter scored the Cardinals first four points and six of their initial nine after the half to help them build a 32-25 lead as part of 10-0 run midway through the quarter.
Senior Samantha Cowan scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth with two 3-pointers to help keep the Saints at bay and set up Reynolds' clutch shooting at the line.
Reynolds added a triple, three assists and three boards to her line, while Poindexter pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Cowan led all players with five steals as the Cardinals came away with 15 thefts in the game.
Catholic shot 46.3-percent from the field and held Marymount to just a 32.1-percent mark. The Cardinals were even more stingy with its defense at the 3-point line as they held the Saints a 2-of-21 mark from distance.
Tournament MVP: Reynolds, Catholic
The Cards continue a five-game homestand this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m., when they host Johns Hopkins.
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