SCRANTON, Pa. - Catholic University women's basketball sophomore Amanda Johnson tied her career-high with 17 points, but Scranton held the Cardinals to just five second-half field goals as the No. 14 Royals posted a 65-52 victory Saturday at the Long Center.
Catholic (17-4, 8-2 LC) lost for the first time in the last eight games and the first time in its last four against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The Cardinals and Royals are now tied for first atop the Landmark Conference standings.
Johnson scored 14 of Catholic's 20 second-quarter points as the team outscored Scranton 20-9 to erase a six-point deficit and take a seven-point halftime lead, 32-25.
However, after the Cardinals matched their largest lead of the game at nine following a three-pointer by Johnson with 7:36 remaining in the third, the Royals finished the quarter on a 14-4 run to take their first lead since the 7:46 mark of the second.
Scranton (18-3, 8-2 LC) outscored Catholic 40-20 in the second half, holding the Cardinals to just 11 points from the floor where they were 5-for-21. They were 9-of-15 from the free throw line.
Johnson also added eight rebounds, four shy of her career high set Wednesday at Elizabethtown. Over her last two games, she is averaging 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
Senior Sydney Poindexter had 11 points and four rebounds as the duo of Johnson and Poindexter accounted for over half of the Cards scoring and one-third of their rebounding.
Catholic begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Juniata at 7 p.m.