Cardinals Drop Landmark Conference Opener to Drew, 42-39

Cardinals Drop Landmark Conference Opener to Drew, 42-39

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Sydney Poindexter totaled 12 points and eight rebounds, but the Cardinals shot 26 percent from the floor in a 42-39 loss to Drew in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Franny Murray Court.

Catholic (3-3, 0-1 LC) suffered just its second loss in 13 Landmark openers under head coach Matt Donohue, including the team's first in seven at home. The loss also snapped a four-game win streak for the Cards against Drew in Landmark openers.

The Cardinals led 17-13 at the half, scoring 14 points off of 24 Ranger turnovers, despite going 7-for-30 from the floor and being outrebounded by seven, 20-13. Catholic limited Drew to just 13 shot attempts, including five in the first quarter while forcing 14 turnovers.

The Cards held a two-point lead after three, 28-26, after outrebounding the Rangers, 13-8.

Drew (4-2, 1-0 LC) outscored the Cardinals 16-11 in the fourth, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line while holding Catholic to just 4-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-6 from three-point range.

After a layup by Poindexter to start the fourth, the Rangers used a 10-2 run to take a 36-32 lead with 2:49 remaining. Back-to-back baskets by Poindexter and sophomore Maggie Rakowsky tied the game at 36-36 before two offensive rebounds by Drew led to four second-chance points and a 40-36 advantage with 33 seconds to play.

A three-pointer by freshman Luca Mamula pulled the Cardinals within one with 28 seconds left, but after the Rangers hit both free throws with 23 seconds remaining, Catholic missed on two attempts to tie the game with under 12 seconds to go, proving the final margin of victory.

Mamula finished with five points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Cards totaled at least 15 steals for the third time this season. They currently lead the Landmark with 13.5 steals per game. They are also tops in the league and ninth nationally in offensive rebounds, grabbing another 18 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, senior Sarah O'Neill made her first start in 33 career appearances this afternoon.

Catholic travels to Salisbury on Wednesday for a nonconference contest beginning at 7 p.m.