WASHINGTON, D.C. - A well-balanced attack that featured ten different scorers helped the Catholic University women's basketball team defeat Gallaudet 85-62 Saturday evening at Franny Murray Court.
The Cardinals closed the decade in style with their ninth win of the season after leading for almost the entire game. Sophomore Luca Mamula led with 17 points on 8-13 shooting, followed by senior Megan Stafford who added 15 points.
The visiting Bison jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter, but Catholic battled back and held a 20-14 advantage after an Erin Thompson layup with less than a minute to go.
The Cards took control of the contest in the second quarter, outscoring their opponents 26-12. Stafford's layup capped a 10-0 run to put the hosts up 30-16. Senior Sydney Poindexter dominated on the boards, grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with her six points.
Catholic outscored Gallaudet 46-11 in points from players off the bench in the contest. Freshman Samantha McCarter scored all 12 of her points behind the arc as she hit four three-pointers in the game.
Stafford played her part in the third quarter to highlight her season-high 15 points for the Cardinals. In three straight possessions, she assisted a layup, made a layup, and then knocked down her second three-pointer of the season to put Catholic up 58-44.
Sophomore Maggie Bednarek matched her season-high with nine points on 19 minutes played on 4-7 shooting. The Cardinals held a 23-17 advantage in the final quarter to close out the 85-62 victory.
The Cardinals compete next after the new year in the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Catholic hosts Mary Washington at the DuFour Center at 3 p.m. on the first day of the two-day holiday tournament.