SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball freshman Luca Mamula scored 18 points while junior Sydney Poindexter added 17 as the Cardinals rallied from a seven-point fourth quarter deficit en route to a 61-55 win over Susquehanna Saturday at O.W. Houts Gymnasium.
With the win, Catholic (14-9, 6-6 Landmark) is tied with Drew for fifth place in the Landmark Conference standings, one game behind Juniata for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament with two games remaining.
Mamula and Poindexter combined for 14 of the team's 28 fourth-quarter points as the Cardinals outscored the River Hawks, 28-17. Catholic was 8 of 11 from the floor and 11 of 16 from the free throw line in the final period. Junior Mollie Reynolds added seven fourth-quarter points, going 5 of 6 from the free throw line.
Freshman Amanda Johnson, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, scored eight points in the third quarter. The Cards trailed by as many as eight before holding Susquehanna (6-16, 3-9 Landmark) scoreless for the final 3:32.
Trailing 38-30 with 3:32 left in the third, Catholic outscored the River Hawks 14-4 over the next 7:17 to take a 44-42 lead on a three-pointer by Mamula with 6:15 remaining in the game.
A quick 5-0 burst put Susquehanna back in front, but the Cardinals held the home team without a made field goal for the next five minutes while building an eight-point lead, 56-48, following two free throws from Reynolds with 56 seconds to play.
Reynolds finished with seven points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Mamula and Poindexter each added six rebounds while Poindexter was 9 of 10 from the free throw line.
Catholic has two road games remaining, at Goucher on Wednesday before traveling to Drew next Saturday to close out the regular season. Juniata travels to Elizabethtown on Wednesday before hosting Susquehanna next Saturday while Drew is at Scranton on Wednesday.
Mamula scored a career-high 28 points while adding five rebounds and four assists as the Cardinals led from start to finish in a convincing 83-58 victory over Goucher at home on January 23.