Cardinals' Defense Stifles Moravian in 62-38 Road Win

Cardinals' Defense Stifles Moravian in 62-38 Road Win

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Catholic University women's basketball team held Moravian to just 19 percent shooting while forcing 22 turnovers and totaling 17 steals in limiting Moravian to its lowest point total in 20 years with a 62-38 win Saturday at Johnston Hall.

With the win, the Cardinals (12-7, 4-4 Landmark) moved into a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot in the 2019 Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Championship with six games remaining.

Catholic is ranked second in the Landmark Conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of just 52.0 points per game. They have held the opposition to 45 points or less eight times this season, including three under 40.

Moravian (12-7, 4-4 Landmark) scored its fewest points in a game since a 72-38 loss at Susquehanna during the 1998-99 season. It was just the second time since the 1981-82 season that the Greyhounds have been held to 40 points or less.

The Cards also limited the league's leading scorer, Maddie Capuano, to only 10 points after she had 27 in the first meeting between the two teams on January 5. She entered the game averaging 21.3 points with eight 20-point games, including a Landmark Conference record 40 versus Elizabethtown on December 1. On Saturday, she was 2-of-14 from the floor, socring four of her 10 points at the free throw line.

Moravian was 19-of-68 from the floor, including 5-of-23 from three-point range with no player making more than two field goals.

Catholic scored 23 points off Greyhound turnovers and held a 40-8 advantage in points in the paint.

Junior Megan Stafford totaled a career-high 16 points to lead all scorers, going 8-of-12 from the floor. She also had four rebounds and five steals. Playing in just her fourth game after missing the first 15 of the season due to injury, freshman Amanda Johnson scored a career-high 12 points to go along with three rebounds and four blocks.

Junior Mollie Reynolds finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. In two games against the Greyhounds this season, she averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals after totaling 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in the first meeting.

Freshman Luca Mamula pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, just missing her first career double double with eight points.

The Cardinals return to action Wednesday when they host Elizabethtown at Franny Murray Court. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Sophomore Cristin George scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, but Catholic could not overcome an eight-point first quarter deficit en route to a 75-64 loss at Elizabethtown on January 16.