Cardinals Pull Away From Shorewomen, 68-55

Fitzgerald Grabs Game-High and Season-Best 15 Rebounds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Host Catholic pulled away from visiting Washington College to record a 68-55 victory  at the DuFour Center in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday.  The Cardinals improve to 5-3 overall, while the Shorewomen drop to 2-6.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first 4:56 of the game on a pair of free throws by Josephine Migash.  Washington answered with a 8-2 run to take a 13-12 lead with 11:49 to go in the first half on two free throws by senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School).  The Shorewomen led 20-17 with 10:05 left in the opening half following a three-pointer by junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) before Catholic went on a 15-4 run to take a 32-24 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first on two from the line by Jayni Webster.  Webster put Catholic ahead for the rest of the half at 23-22 on a jumper with 8:15 remaining.  However, the Shorewomen closed out the first half strong by scoring the final seven points to trim the Catholic lead to 32-31 at halftime.  Hubley scored the final five points of the first half, a triple with 1:21 left and a pair from the stripe with 54 ticks left to close out the first half scoring.

In the second half, after Mattox tied the game at 34-34 with 17:50 remaining, Catholic scored eight straight points to take a 42-34 lead with 14:42 left in the game on a Melissa Errico free throw.  Webster scored the first five points of the run, including a three to put the Cardinals up for good at 37-34 with 17:20 to go, while Errico had the last three points.  WC scored the next five points to cut the lead to 42-39 with 13:10 remaining on a free throw by senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness).  However, the Cardinals would respond with a 17-4 run to take a 59-43 lead with 7:42 to go on an Emily Grabiak lay-in.  The 16-point lead was the biggest of the night for the hosts.

The Shorewomen would roll off the next seven points to trim the lead to 59-50 with 5:19 left on a Mattox three.  But that would as close as the Shorewomen would get and the Cardinals held on for the 13-point win. 

Webster had 15 points to lead all players in scoring and tied for game-high in assists with five, while Grabiak had a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds along with a contest-best three steals.  Migash scored 14 points to give Catholic three players in double figures on the night.  Catholic shot 35% from the floor (21-for-60), 39% from three-point range (7-for-18) and 76% from the foul line (19-for-25). 

Hubley and Mattox each scored 12 points to lead the Shorewomen, while Fitzgerald had a game-best and season-high 15 rebounds.  For Mattox, the 12 points was a personal-high.  Hubley had five assists to tie for the most in the game and had two steals for the guests.  Washington shot 27% from the floor (17-for-64), 18% from three-point land (5-for-28) and 67% from the stripe (16-for-24).  The Shorewomen held a 49-46 edge in rebounds.

The Shorewomen are back in action on Tuesday night for a 6:00 p.m. home game versus visiting Eastern Mennonite.

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