WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's basketball senior Sydney Poindexter scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals rallied for a 56-51 victory over No. 14 Marymount (VA) Sunday in the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic.
Catholic (10-2), who is receiving votes in both the WBCA Top25 Coaches Poll and D3hoops.com Top 25, trailed by as many as six, 51-45, with 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter following a made free throw by the Saints. However, that would be the last point Marymount would score as the Cardinals closed the game on an 11-0 run.
Poindexter accounted for six points during the run while the other five came from sophomore Maggie Bednarek. In addition, freshman Samantha McCarter assisted on four of the team's five baskets during the run, including the last three.
Catholic made its final six field goal attempts while forcing the Saints into four turnovers and two missed field goals on their final six possessions. The Cards scored seven points off those four turnovers and finished the quarter with 12 points off seven Marymount miscues.
With 13 points, Poindexter outscored the Saints by herself in the deciding quarter as Catholic totaled 22 points while limiting the visitors to just 10. She was named to the All-Classic Team, earning her third honor in three tournaments this season.
Poindexter was joined on the All-Classic Team by freshman Erin Doherty after she also finished with a game and career-high 15 points off the bench. She scored seven points in the second quarter as the Cardinals rallied from an eight-point deficit to pull within three at halftime, 25-22.
Catholic scored 30 points off turnovers, totaling 20 steals as a team, six of which came from Poindexter and sophomore Amanda Johnson. Johnson also added five points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
The Cardinals return to action next Saturday, January 11 when they travel to Moravian for a Landmark Conference contest beginning at 4 p.m.