WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Mollie Reynolds totaled 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists, all career highs, to lead five players in double figures as the Cardinals posted their third-straight road win with a 76-64 nonconference victory over Gallaudet Saturday at the Field House.
Catholic (5-4) remained unbeaten in four away games this season, including 1-0 in neutral site contests after a 67-49 win over Penn State Abington at Stockton on November 16.
Reynolds tied her career high with 15 points, a mark she has reached three times in her career, including against SUNY New Paltz on November 25. She totaled 10 points and five rebounds in the second half as the Cardinals stretched their lead to as many as 25.
Freshman Ashley Smith scored a career-high 14 points off the bench, including 12 on a career-high four three-pointers as the Cards held a 24-7 advantage in bench points. She scored nine points in the first quarter, hitting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts as Catholic jumped out to a commanding 21-12 lead after one.
The Bison (5-5) held a 5-4 lead with 7:02 remaining in the first quarter before Catholic closed the quarter on a 17-7 run to take a nine-point advantage.
Reynolds, sophomore Maggie Rakowsky and freshman Luca Mamula combined to score 16 of the Cardinals' 20 second-quarter points as they led by as many as 19 before taking a 41-26 halftime lead. Rakowsky, who made her second-straight start after making the first of her career against Frostburg State, finished with a career-high 12 points, seven of which came in the opening half.
Catholic never let its lead slip below 10 in the second half while taking a 61-36 lead on a jumper by sophomore Becca Rhoades with 1:40 left in the third quarter. Rhoades finished with five points, one shy of her career high.
Four of Catholic's five starters scored in double figures. In addition to Reynolds and Rakowsky, Mamula had 10 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three blocks while junior Sydney Poindexter added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. The fifth starter, junior Megan Stafford, was hampered by foul trouble, but managed to post three points, four rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Cards totaled a season-high 22 assists.
The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, December 29 when they host Wesley in the opening round of the Jamie Roberts Tournament sponsored by Fairfield Inn. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. The tournament will be held in conjunction with the men's tournament sponsored by the Holiday Inn Washington-College Park.