ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball sophomore Cristin George scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, but the Cardinals could not overcome an eight-point first quarter deficit en route to a 75-64 loss at Elizabethtown Wednesday night at Thompson Gymnasium.
Catholic (9-7, 1-4 Landmark) fell for just the fourth time in 11 meetings against the Blue Jays since Elizabethtown joined the Landmark Conference prior to the 2014-15 season.
George, who totaled eight of the Cardinals' 17 second-quarter points, was 6-of-11 from the floor in 27 minutes. Junior Sydney Poindexter had 11 points and five rebounds while freshman Luca Mamula added 10 points and five boards.
The Cards' scored five of the game's first six points before a 5-0 run gave the Blue Jays their first lead. After a layup by junior Mollie Reynolds put Catholic back in front, an 11-0 run gave Elizabethtown the lead for good, 17-7, with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
During the decisive run by the Blue Jays, the Cardinals were 0-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the free throw line with two turnovers in a span of five minutes.
Led by six points from George, Catholic used scored eight-straight points to pull within one at 23-22 midway through the second quarter, but Elizabethtown answered with eight consecutive points of its own to push its advantage back to nine, 31-22, with 3:18 left.
The Blue Jays (10-5, 3-2 Landmark) took a 38-28 lead into halftime after scoring nine of their 19 second-quarter points off turnovers.
The Cards trailed by as many as 13 midway through the third quarter before rallying to within three, 60-57, with 5:48 to play in the game. However, Elizabethtown responded by scoring 13 of the next 15 points while going 5-for-5 from the free throw line to take its largest lead, 73-59, with 2:22 remaining.
Led by George, Catholic totaled 29 bench points. Senior Emily O'Connor had six points and five rebounds while freshman Amanda Johnson had five points, two rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes in her collegiate debut after suffering a knee injury in the exhibition at Navy on November 7.
Catholic returns home to face Susquehanna on Saturday at Franny Murray Court. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.