Second Half Carries Cardinals to Stockton Tip-Off Title

Second Half Carries Cardinals to Stockton Tip-Off Title

GALLOWAY, N.J. - Led by the trio of juniors Sydney Poindexter and Megan Stafford and freshman Luca Mamula, the Catholic University women's basketball team outscored Stockton 34-18 in the second half en route to a 61-43 victory over the host Ospreys in the title game of Stockton Tip-Off Tournament Saturday.

The Cardinals (2-1) outrebounded Stockton 57-23 while holding a 29-6 advantage in second-chance points and a 38-20 margin in points in the paint.

Poindexter posted her first double double this season and the second of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Stafford totaled her second double double in as many days with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. She finished the two-day tournament averaging 11.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.0 steals.

Meanwhile, Mamula just missed her first career double double as she finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, both career highs.

The first half featured eight ties and 11 lead changes and the two teams were knotted at 15-15 after the first quarter.

The Ospreys (1-1) took their biggest lead of the game at 25-21 with 1:26 remaining in the first half before back-to-back three-pointers by Catholic senior Sarah O'Neill in the final minute gave the Cardinals a 27-25 halftime lead.

Stockton scored the first four points of the second half to take a 29-27 advantage wth 9:09 left in the third quarter, but that would be its last lead of the game as Catholic scored eight of the next 10 points, including six from Mamula, to take a 35-31 lead with 6:34 to play.

Mamula scored nine points in the quarter as the Cards closed with an 11-3 run over the final six minutes to take a 46-34 lead into the fourth.

Catholic never let its lead slip below 10 the rest of the way as it picked up its first road win of the season.

O'Neill finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists while sophomore Cristin George added seven points and four rebounds.

The Cardinals return home to face St. Mary's (Md.) on Tuesday in a nonconference contest at Franny Murray Court beginning at 7 p.m.