Dominant Second Half Carries Cardinals Past Juniata, 73-46

Dominant Second Half Carries Cardinals Past Juniata, 73-46

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball sophomore Maggie Bednarek scored a career-high 12 points, including 10 in the second half, as the Cardinals posted a 73-46 Landmark Conference road victory over Juniata Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium.

Catholic (11-3, 2-1 LC) snapped a two-game road losing streak against the Eagles by posting their seventh win in the last 10 overall versus Juniata.

Bednarek's previous career high was nine set in an 80-48 victory over Penn State Abington on November 22. She was 5-of-6 from the floor while adding two rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 20 minutes.

The game was tied 24-24 at the break before the Cardinals outscored the hosts 49-22 in the second half. Catholic was 18-of-34 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the free throw line while holding the Eagles to just 8-of-35 shooting and outrebounding them, 26-13.

Bednarek scored seven of her points in the third quarter, equaling Juniata's output herself as the Cards outscored the Eagles, 25-7.

Sophomore Amanda Johnson also finished with a team-high 12 points while adding five rebounds. Senior Sydney Poindexter totaled 10 points and nine rebounds, just missing her fifth double double of the season for the second-straight game. She had 11 points and nine rebounds on Saturday at Moravian.

In making her first career start, freshman Rachel Bussanich finished with eight points and five rebounds while freshman Amelia Baldo totaled six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. The 5-foot, 7-inch guard also added two blocks.

Catholic hosts No. 11 Scranton on Saturday at 4 p.m. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Cardinals led for all but five minutes en route to a 59-50 victory over the sixth-ranked Royals on Franny Murray Court.