Bussanich Headlines Four Cardinals Honored by Landmark

Bussanich Headlines Four Cardinals Honored by Landmark

TOWSON, Md. - Catholic University women's basketball freshman Rachel Bussanich was named Rookie of the Year on Wednesday while head coach Matt Donohue was named Coach of the Year and two Cardinals earned all-conference honors.

Senior Sydney Poindexter was named to the first team while sophomore Amanda Johnson was named to the second team.

Bussanich is the second Cardinal to earn Rookie of the Year honors and first since Jill Woerner in 2010. Bussanich appeared in all 27 of the team's games while making 11 starts and ranking fifth among freshman in the conference in scoring at 6.2 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 3.7 rebounds per game. She totaled 17 points and eight rebounds, both career highs, in an 87-70 victory over first-place and conference unbeaten Elizabethtown on Jan. 22, 2020.

Donohue earns his second Coach of the Year honor and first since 2014 after leading the Cardinals to their fifth 20-win season in the last nine years. The team received votes in both the WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and d3hoops.com women's Top 25 this season and posted home wins over No. 11 Scranton and No. 14 Marymount (Va.). Catholic also captured tournament titles at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic hosted by York (Pa.) and the Scott Wood Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg.

Poindexter received her first all-conference selection after leading the team in both scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. She ranked sixth in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. She totaled eight double doubles and six 20-point games while earning MVP honors at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and the Scott Wood Tournament.

Johnson also received her first all-confefence selection. She finished third on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game and second in rebounding at 5.4 rebounds per game. She also led the team with 46 three-pointers, a mark that ranked fifth in the Landmark Conference. She averaged 11.6 points per game over the team's final 14 games while totaling 29 three-pointers and shooting 42.0 percent from three-point range.