WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball freshman Erin Doherty scored six of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals missed a shot at the end of regulation as Mary Washington edged out a 54-51 victory Saturday in the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic.
Catholic (9-2), last year's champions, suffered its first loss in its last four games in the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic.
The Cardinals trailed by six, 48-42, with 7:22 remaining in the fourth quarter before a quick 9-4 spurt pulled them within one, 52-51, with 3:22 to play following a three-point play by senior Sydney Poindexter. Doherty scored all six of her points during the run.
Neither team was able to score on their next four possessions until the Eagles (10-3) grabbed an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left. Catholic was forced to foul and Mary Washington converted both free throws to go ahead by three with seven seconds remaining.
Following a timeout, the Cardinals were able to get a wide open look at the top of the arc by freshman Samantha McCarter, but her attempt was just off the mark and the Eagles secured the rebound and the victory.
Poindexter, who totaled five points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter, also finished with a team-high 13 points while adding seven rebounds. She also had four assists.
Catholic rallied after being outscored 17-8 in third quarter. The Cards were just 3-of-9 from the floor and were outrebounded, 10-4. They also had seven turnovers which led to 10 points for Mary Washington.
Senior Mollie Reynolds made her season debut on Saturday after missing the first 10 games to injury.
Catholic faces another former Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) rival on Sunday when its concludes the Jamie Lynn Roberts against No. 14 Marymount (VA). The Saints defeated King's (PA) in Saturday's first game, 88-70.