Deja Vu: First Quarter Carries Cardinals to First Place

Deja Vu: First Quarter Carries Cardinals to First Place

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's basketball team scored 29 first-quarter points while holding Elizabethtown to five as the Cardinals moved into first place in the Landmark Conference standings with an 87-70 victory Wednesday at Franny Murray Court.

Catholic (13-3, 4-1 LC), who is receiving votes in both the WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and d3hoops.com women's Top 25, snapped a four-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.

A total of 15 players saw action for the Cardinals with 10 finding the scoring column. Senior Sydney Poindexter totaled 19 points and nine rebounds, her eighth game this season with at least nine rebounds, while freshmen Rachel Bussanich and Erin Doherty each added a career-high 17 points.

In making her third-straight start, Bussanich also had a career-high eight rebounds. Over those three games, she is averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Catholic led by 24 at the end of the first quarter after going 12-of-21 from the floor and holding Elizabethtown (8-7, 4-1 LC) to just 1-for-13. The Cardinals also held a 16-6 edge in rebounds as they posted their highest point total in a quarter since Jan. 23, 2019 when they also had 29 in the first quarter of an 83-58 victory over Goucher at home.

Doherty and sophomore Amanda Johnson outscored the Blue Jays by themselves, finishing with nine and eight points, respectively, as the duo combined to go 7-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.

Elizabethtown's five first-quarter points was its lowest output of the season and just the fifth time in 60 quarters this season that the team had been held to single digits in a quarter. It was also the Blue Jays' fewest points in a quarter since they were held to four in the first quarter of last year's conference championship game, a 68-48 loss at No. 9 Scranton.

Over the last two games, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents, 50-17.

Catholic led by as many as 27 in the second quarter and led 47-29 at halftime as Doherty totaled 15 points and five rebounds in just 11 minutes off the bench.

Elizabethtown cut its deficit to 12 with 5:10 remaining in the third, but a quick 6-0 spurt by the Cardinals pushed it back to 20 with 2:49 to play, 60-40.

Catholic scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to match its biggest lead at 81-54 with 6:35 left.

Johnson finished with 12 points and a season-high seven rebounds while freshman Erin Thompson had a career-high six assists.

The Cardinals look to extend their win streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa., to face Susquehanna who is currently tied for third in the conference standings with Drew and Scranton. Tipoff is at 4 p.m., from Houts Gymnasium.