Bussanich Posts Double Double in 63-50 Win Over Generals

Bussanich Posts Double Double in 63-50 Win Over Generals

ARLINGTON, Va. - Catholic University women's basketball junior Rachel Bussanich totaled 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Cardinals to a 63-50 victory over Washington and Lee Friday in the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament.

Catholic (4-0) posted its second win in two meetings against the Generals and first since Dec. 29, 2014.

Bussanich totaled her second career double double and first since she had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-71 victory at Juniata on Feb. 9, 2021.

Bussanich totaled nine of her game-high 13 points in a decisive second quarter as the Cardinals outscored Washington and Lee, 19-6. Sophomore Molly Aromando added six points as the two combined to go 6-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from three-point range.

As a team, Catholic was 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc in the quarter while holding the Generals to just 2-of-19 shooting in taking a 34-20 halftime lead.

Leading 15-14 after one, the Cardinals tallied the first nine points of the second while holding Washington and Lee scoreless for over seven minutes in building a 10-point advantage.

Catholic took its largest lead of the game with 8:16 remaining in the third on a three-pointer by senior Amanda Johnson.

The Generals (1-2) cut their deficit to six with 4:00 left, 39-33, but the Cardinals scored 12 of the final 18 points to take a 12-point lead into the fourth.

Johnson finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Erin Doherty added 10 points while junior Amelia Baldo had eight points and five rebounds, both season highs.

Catholic advances to the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament championship game where it will take on host Marymount (Va.) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Saints, who are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com women's Top 25 preseason poll, defeated Eastern in Friday's first semifinal, 81-69.

The Cardinals have won five-straight against Marymount, including the last two when the Saints were ranked in the top 25.