Fourth Quarter Carries Cards to Conference Title Game

Fourth Quarter Carries Cards to Conference Title Game

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by senior Sydney Poindexter and sophomore Amanda Johnson, the Catholic University women's basketball team outscored Elizabethtown by 13 in the fourth quarter en route to a 77-65 victory Wednesday in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Championship.

The Cardinals (21-5) advance to the conference championship game for the sixth time in the last nine years. The team captured the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and finished as the runner-up in 2016 and 2017.

Catholic trailed 55-52 with 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter before a 9-0 run gave them a 61-55 lead with 8:00 left in the fourth. Poindexter and Johnson combined for all nine points with Poindexter scoring six.

Poindexter and Johnson combined for 16 of the team's final 25 points, includng 14 of 23 in the final quarter as the Cardinals outscored the Blue Jays, 23-10.

Leading by six, Catholic scored 10 of the game's last 14 points over the final 2:13 to double its lead. The Cards scored seven of their 10 points from the free throw line where they were 7-for-10.

Catholic was 23-of-27 from the line for the game, including 16-for-20 in the second half.

Poindexter finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double double of the season and the 11th of her career. She was 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Tonight also marked her sixth 20-point game of the season and fourth in the last nine.

In three games against Elizabethtown this season, she averaged 23.0 points and 11.3 rebounds.

All five starters scored in double figures for Catholic. Johnson totaled 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals while freshman Amelia Baldo had 13 points, one shy of her career high set in a 76-71 victory at York (Pa.) on November 16. She also added five rebounds and four assists.

The Cardinals totaled 18 assists on 25 baskets as seven different players had at least one. Freshman Erin Thompson had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Catholic faces a familiar foe for the conference championship on Saturday when it heads to Scranton. Since 2012, no other school has won a Landmark Conference championship in women's basketball.

This year will mark the fifth year out of the last eight that the two teams have clashed for the league's top prize, including for the third time at the John Long Center. The last time the two teams met in Scranton as the top two seeded teams, the second-seeded Cardinals defeated the top-seeded Royals, 52-51, on Feb. 28, 2015.