Cardinals Capture Second-Straight Tournament Title

Cardinals Capture Second-Straight Tournament Title

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball senior Sydney Poindexter received her second Most Valuable Player honor as the Cardinals captured their second tournament title this season with a 61-52 victory over host Muhlenberg Saturday in the championship game of the Scotty Wood Tournament.

Catholic (6-0) matched its best start in the last eight years, equaling the 2016-17 team that also started the season with six-straight wins. The 2012-13 Cardinals started the season with 14 consecutive wins en route to finishing 27-2 while winning the Landmark Conference championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.

Poindexter totaled her fifth career double double and second this season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She was also named MVP of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic hosted by York College of Pennsylvania a week ago. She finished the two-day tournament averaging 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Poindexter scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals rallied from a 48-44 deficit by outscoring the Mules, 17-4. She was 7-of-8 from the free throw line while adding four rebounds and one block.

Sophomore Amanda Johnson joined Poindexter on the all-tournament team after totaling 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Over the two games, she averaged 11.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Muhlenberg (2-3) led by as many as five in the fourth quarter, 49-44 with 8:10 remaining. However, keyed by five points from freshman Erin Doherty and four free throws from Poindexter, Catholic used a 9-0 run to take a 53-49 lead with 3:19 to play.

The Cards scored their final 10 points at the free throw line where they were 10-for-12 over the final three-plus minutes. They scored 14 of their 17 fourth-quarter points at the free throw line, going 14-for-16. Meanwhile, the defense held the Mules without a made field goal (0-for-11) while forcing five turnovers.

In making her third consecutive start, Doherty finished with a career-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Freshman Samantha McCarter added nine points off the bench while freshman Rachel Bussanich had five points and seven rebounds.

Catholic concludes its six-game road trip on Tuesday with a trip to Haverford. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.