CLINCHED! Cardinals Return to Landmark Tournament

CLINCHED! Cardinals Return to Landmark Tournament

MADISON, N.J. - On the final day of the regular season, Catholic University women's basketball juniors Mollie Reynolds and Megan Stafford combined for 19 points, 19 rebounds and nine steals as they led the Cardinals to a 54-39 road win over Drew Saturday at Baldwin Gymnasium.

With the win, Catholic (16-9, 8-6 Landmark) secured its spot in the 2019 Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Championship, returning to the postseason after missing it for the first time in eight years last season.

With Moravian's 82-79 loss at Elizabethtown and Juniata's 69-54 win over Susquehanna at home, there was a three-way tie for third between the Cardinals, Moravian and Juniata. As a result, the Cards earned the No. 3 seed in next week's conference tournament, winning the tiebreaker with the Greyhounds and Eagles by virtue of their 59-50 win over No. 6 Scranton on Feb. 2.

Reynolds totaled 16 points, six rebounds and four steals while going 11 for 12 from the free throw line. Stafford had three points, 13 rebounds, four assists and five steals. Freshman Luca Mamula had 14 points and three steals while junior Sydney Poindexter just missed her third double double of the season with nine points and eight rebounds.

Catholic held an opponent to 40 points or less for the fifth time this season in returning to the conference tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years. The team advanced to the title game in six of those eight appearances.

On Saturday, the Cardinals jumped out to an 8-2 lead before the Rangers (13-11, 6-8 Landmark) closed the quarter on a 12-3 run to take a 14-11 lead.

Catholic put the game away in the second quarter, outscoring Drew 18-4, holding the hosts scoreless for the first 6:43 while building a 29-16 advantage.

Reynolds scored seven second-half points, all of which came from the free throw line where she was 7 of 8. The Cardinals scored 12 of their 25 second-half points at the line.

Elizabethtown swept the season series with Catholic, posting a 75-64 win at home on Jan. 16. Sophomore Cristin George scored a career-high 16 points off the bench.

The Cardinals are 7-5 against the Blue Jays since they joined the Landmark Conference prior to the 2014-15 season.